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Strecker’s chorus frog

WAFTStreckersChorusFrog-MO.jpgStrecker's chorus frog (Pseudacris streckeri ) [state threatened]
Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

 Features and Behaviors

FEATURES
Strecker's chorus frog averages one to one and one-half inches in length. It has stout forelimbs. A dark, masklike stripe is present from the snout to the shoulder. The upper jaw is light with a dark spot under each eye. A dark V- or Y-shaped marking is present between the eyes. The body is brown or olive.
 
BEHAVIORS
Strecker's chorus frog may be found in the west central, southwestern and extreme southern portions of Illinois. This frog lives in sand prairies and sandy floodplains. Unlike toads, Strecker's chorus frog digs with its forelimbs. It burrows head first into the sand. This frog is terrestrial but is seldom seen above ground except during the breeding season. Breeding occurs February through April. The male’s call is a series of short, loud, birdlike whistles. The female deposits about 200 to 400 eggs. Transformation to the adult form occurs from May through June. Strecker's chorus frog eats small arthropods (spiders, insects, mites and others).

 Illinois Range

MAPWAFTStreckersChorusFrog.jpg

 Taxonomy

​Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae

 Illinois Status

​threatened, native

Strecker's chorus frog is threatened due to its restriction to sand areas, and the destruction of these areas, particularly from cultivation.

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