Amphibian Vocalization (Frog Call) Quiz

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Amphibian Vocalization (Frog Call) Quiz - Quiz

Frog Calls of the Southeastern United States. Includes waveform and audio recording with choice of four species per question.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Deep-pitched "rumm, rumm, rumm" or "ru-uu-umm, ru-u-uumm." 

    • A.

      Eastern Spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii)

    • B.

      Upland Chorus Frog (Pseudacris feriarum)

    • C.

      American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

    • D.

      Fowler's Toad (Bufo fowleri)

    Correct Answer
    C. American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
    Explanation
    The deep-pitched "rumm, rumm, rumm" or "ru-uu-umm, ru-u-uumm" call is characteristic of the American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana). The Eastern Spadefoot, Upland Chorus Frog, and Fowler's Toad have different calls, so they can be ruled out as the correct answer.

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  • 2. 

    High musical trill lasting up to 30 seconds (averageof 10-15 seconds).

    • A.

      Upland Chorus Frog (Pseudacris feriarum)

    • B.

      American Toad (Bufo americanus)

    • C.

      Mountain Chorus Frog (Pseudacris brachyphona)

    • D.

      Fowler's Toad (Bufo fowleri)

    Correct Answer
    B. American Toad (Bufo americanus)
    Explanation
    The American Toad is the correct answer because it is known for producing a high musical trill that can last up to 30 seconds, with an average duration of 10-15 seconds. The other species listed may have different calls or durations, but the American Toad matches the given description.

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  • 3. 

    A hearty, resonating trill. Faster trill than the Gray Treefrog. 

    • A.

      American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

    • B.

      Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans)

    • C.

      Cope's Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis)

    • D.

      Eastern Spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii)

    Correct Answer
    C. Cope's Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis)
  • 4. 

    A hearty, resonating trill. Slower trill than Cope's Gray Treefrog.  

    • A.

      Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris)

    • B.

      Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

    • C.

      Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

    • D.

      Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica)

    Correct Answer
    B. Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)
    Explanation
    The given description states that the trill of the frog in question is slower than that of Cope's Gray Treefrog. Among the options provided, the Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) is the only one that matches this description. Therefore, the Gray Treefrog is the correct answer.

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  • 5. 

    A sound like the twang of a oose banjo string -"gunk". 

    • A.

      American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

    • B.

      Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans)

    • C.

      Green Frog (Rana clamitans)

    • D.

      American Toad (Bufo americanus)

    Correct Answer
    C. Green Frog (Rana clamitans)
  • 6. 

    Short harsh quacks. 

    • A.

      Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica)

    • B.

      Upland Chorus Frog (Pseudacris feriarum)

    • C.

      Cope's Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis)

    • D.

      Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad (Gastrophryne carolinensis)

    Correct Answer
    A. Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica)
    Explanation
    Wood frogs are known for their short harsh quacks. This distinct vocalization is a key characteristic of the species and helps to identify them. The other frog species listed do not produce the same type of call, making the wood frog the correct answer.

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  • 7. 

    High-pitched ascending bird-like peeps - "PEEPpeep, PEEP-peep."

    • A.

      Upland Chorus Frog (Pseudacris feriarum)

    • B.

      Cope's Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis)

    • C.

      Mountain Chorus Frog (Pseudacris brachyphona)

    • D.

      Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

    Correct Answer
    D. Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
    Explanation
    The high-pitched ascending bird-like peeps described in the question are characteristic of the Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer). This species is known for its distinctive call, which consists of a series of short, high-pitched peeps that increase in pitch and volume. The call of the Spring Peeper is often described as resembling the sound of a bird chirping. The other frog species listed do not produce this specific call pattern, making the Spring Peeper the correct answer.

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