The songs of frogs and toads

Male frogs have tremendously diverse vocalizations. The sounds they produce have different meanings to different listeners. Female frogs might assess the quality of a male through a call. Male frogs might decide whether or not to fight based on a the sound of a call. Predators often use calls to turn male frogs into a tasty treat. For people, the calls of frogs signal many things, such as the change of seasons, the warmth of summer, or the arrival of rain.

Over the last few years I've had the opportunity to take a few videos and audio recordings of some frogs and toads. I've posted them below . . . hope you enjoy!

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American Toad, Bufo americanus

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Group of calling Calls from American Toads (Bufo americanus).

spring peeper, Pseudacris crucifer

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Calls from spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer).

Video of calling spring peepers observed in spring 2010.

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Calls from Western Chorus Frogs (Pseudacris triseriata).

Video of calling chorus frogs.
pacific chorus frog, Pseudacris regilla

Pacific Chorus Frog calls.

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Slow series of advertisement calls.

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Rapid series of advertisement calls.

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Encounter call.

These calls were recorded in 2003 at the UC Quail Ridge Reserve.

Video of calling pacific chorus frog.
gray tree frog, Hyla versicolor

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Gray Tree Frogs (Hyla versicolor) recorded and photographed while calling in Livingston Co., Michigan.

Video of calling gray treefrog.
wood frog, rana sylvatica

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A group of calling Wood Frogs (Rana sylvatica). Spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) can be heard in the background.

Video of calling wood frogs.
green frog, Rana clamitans

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A calling green frog (Rana clamitans) observed one warm July night. It is often said that their call is similar to a person picking at a banjo.

All text and photographs Michael F. Benard
email contact: mfbenard -{at}- gmail dot com

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