Introduction

Pseudacris - from the Latin pseud meaning false and acris derived from the Latin Acre, for sharp, referring to the sharp shape of the head. This genus is a "false Acris" since it might be confused with the genus Acris because they both have pointed heads.

triseriata - tri- meaning three parts and seriata from seriate , the Latin meaning arranged in a series or succession; referring to the three stripes on its back.

maculatum - from the Latin maculatus meaning spotted, referring to the markings on its body.

A treefrog that does not like climbing trees!

There are two subspecies of chorus frogs in Canada: the boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris triseriata triseriata) and the Western chorus frog (Pseudacris triseriata maculata), each living in a different geographical region. A whole group of males sing the mating call together in a chorus, hence the common name of this species. Although chorus frogs are called "treefrogs", they rarely climb trees and, in fact, used to be known as the "swamp treefrog" due to its preferred aquatic habitat. Originally, this frog was found in the prairies, but its range has expanded to include agricultural lands, large cities, and suburban areas. It is often seen by farmers during harvest and is sometimes called the "hay frog".