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Male Pickerel Frogs Snoring

5-18-15 pickerel frog IMG_3937Next to the Green Frog, the Pickerel Frog is the most abundant frog in New England. It is often confused with the Northern Leopard Frog, which it closely resembles. The spots on a Pickerel Frog’s back are squarish and aligned in rows, whereas the Leopard Frog’s spots are rounded, and randomly scattered over its back. In addition, the male Pickerel Frog has bright orange on the inner surface of its hind legs, which the Leopard Frog lacks.

Recently male Pickerel Frogs have started calling to attract mates. Each species of frog, just like each species of bird, has its own distinctive call. Spring Peepers “peep, “ Wood Frogs “quack” and Pickerel Frogs “snore.” Their snore isn’t long – it only lasts a second or two — but it is unmistakable. Pickerel Frogs call from under water, as well as on top of mounds of vegetation, so if you hear one, and then search for it, you may not find it. To hear a Pickerel Frog, go to (Sound recording © Lang Elliott – &

Starting with today’s post, my blog will occasionally be enhanced with the sound recordings of Lang Elliott. For those of you who may not be familiar with his work, Lang Elliott has made world-renowned recordings (that are commercially available) of the vocalizations of birds, mammals, insects, frogs and toads. If you’ve ever wondered what out-of-sight creature was singing, screaming, trilling or buzzing, his CDs and books will give you the answer. To learn more about the work of this author, speaker, cinematographer, sound recordist, and nature poet, visit

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10 responses

  1. Marilyn

    Thank you – Audio is a great addition! I haven’t heard the “bowed-string” call of this frog. Lots of peeps and quacks!

    May 20, 2015 at 6:59 am

  2. elevenwinds11

    Frogs like to eat bugs! -my student 😀

    May 20, 2015 at 7:01 am

  3. Dear Mary, that’s great! I loved hearing the snores. Love, Meeze


    May 20, 2015 at 8:08 am

  4. I love the addition of sounds! Thank you!!

    May 20, 2015 at 8:14 am

  5. Kathie Fiveash

    I love the audio too! Do the pickerel frog and the leopard frog sound somewhat alike? I am amazed that the pickerel frog is more abundant than peepers and wood frogs! I never see a peeper, but it sounds like there a millions of them, and I see more wood frogs in the woods in the summer than pickerel frogs. Where do they spend the summer?

    May 20, 2015 at 10:47 am

    • I know, I find it hard to believe there are more of them than peepers or wood frogs, too. They are usually found near streams, swamps and ponds — in wet meadows, etc. but also in moist woods with lots of streams.

      May 20, 2015 at 12:36 pm

  6. Diane

    Looking forward to the occasional sound enhancement.

    May 20, 2015 at 8:58 pm

  7. chris crowley

    I love the addition of sound! Genius!

    May 20, 2015 at 10:50 pm

  8. judilindsey

    Mary,  I loved being able to hear the sound of this frog! Thanks, Judi    

    May 23, 2015 at 7:40 pm

  9. Mary – These sound files are a really neat addition to your posts – thank you for this new dimension in exploring the natural world!

    May 28, 2015 at 9:24 am

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