By: Matt Erickson
Frog choruses can usually be heard on warm, wet nights, but February is right in the middle of calling season for the southern chorus frog. Calling in the winter and spring with cold weather has some advantages. It allows them to breed in temporary wetlands that might not hold water in the summer months and helps them avoid predators like snakes that are only active during warmer periods. Their call is a high-pitched, slow trill that sounds like a ratchet or something dragging the teeth of a comb. These frogs are common and abundant, so there is a good chance you’ll hear them if you listen for them. They spend time in wet, grassy areas and can often be found around retention ponds and roadside ditches.