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Male Green Frogs Defending Territories

6-25-18 green frogs2 _U1A9296Male Green Frogs are extremely territorial. During June, July and August they establish a series of territories, often claiming each one for less than one week before moving on.

The desirability of a given territory is of utmost importance – the better the quality (amount of vegetation) of your territory the more likely it is that a female will choose you to fertilize her eggs. The more time a male spends in a high quality territory the greater the number of mates he will acquire.

Considerable aggression is displayed against other males when an individual is claiming and maintaining a territory. When a competing male arrives, a wrestling match often ensues (see photo).

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12 responses

  1. Margo Nutt

    You take the most amazing photographs!

    June 25, 2018 at 7:58 am

  2. Georgette

    I once saw a pair of green frogs fighting. The victor clamped the loser under a front leg and swam him to the edge of the small pond, where he deposited him before swimming back to the center. I don’t know whether a frog can look confused, but I sure thought the loser did as he sat where he had been dumped!

    June 25, 2018 at 8:33 am

  3. Marilyn

    What a photo!

    June 25, 2018 at 8:33 am

  4. Connie Snyder

    But I was under the impression that frog egg-laying occurs much earlier in the year. Are the Green Frogs doing that in summer? (What an amazing photo. You do such good work!)

    June 25, 2018 at 8:40 am

    • HI Connie,
      Different species of frogs have different breeding seasons. Peepers and wood frogs, for instance, are two of the earliest, emerging from hibernation and breeding in April and May. Green frogs emerge later, and breed later, usually starting in June, and their breeding season is quite long.

      June 25, 2018 at 9:12 am

    • Thanks, Connie. Yes, green frogs’ mating season is just starting.

      June 25, 2018 at 12:56 pm

  5. Alice Pratt

    Those two guys are sure duking it out! I did not know any of that info about the Frogs….never even thought about Frog territory…..good thing they don’t have nails or teeth! Awesome photo!

    June 25, 2018 at 8:48 am

  6. Susan Holland

    Another fantastic photograph!

    June 25, 2018 at 9:19 am

  7. Suzy

    Maybe this is why they couldn’t continue in our pond?

    Suzy Fried Sent from my iPhone


    June 25, 2018 at 9:34 am

  8. Peter Hollinger

    Lately we’ve been hearing green frogs plunking and gray tree frogs trilling.

    June 25, 2018 at 4:12 pm

  9. They come inside my house by entering my septic tank and swimming up the pipes to the toilet.

    July 1, 2018 at 9:25 am

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