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Ornate Chorus Frog

Pseudacris ornata

 

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Pseudacris_ornata_adult - click to enlarge

HABITAT

This species can be found in wet prairies, roadside ditches, cypress swamps, pine flatwoods and shallow temporary bodies of water with extensive emergent vegetation. 

BREEDING SEASON

Winter/Spring, December-March

SIMILAR TADPOLES

Pseudacris crucifer, Pseudacris nigrita, Hyla gratiosa

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Pseudacris_ornata_tadpole - click to enlarge

APPEARANCE

Head

Lateral eyes. 

Body

Pseudacris ornata tadpoles are reddish brown with light dorso-lateral lines extending from snout along the length of the body.  They have a light belly and a clear throat.

Tail

The tail has a highly arched dorsal fin. Smaller specimens have a bi-colored tail muscle (darker dorsally than ventrally) that becomes more uniformly pigmented as the tadpole grows larger.

APPROXIMATE MAXIMUM SIZE

Small: 1.0 inch , 25 mm.

Pseudacris_ornata_tadpole_length

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