Little grass frog

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Little grass frog
P ocularis USGS.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Subfamily: Hylinae
Genus: Pseudacris
Species: P. ocularis
Binomial name
Pseudacris ocularis
Bosc & Daudin, 1801
  • Hyla ocularis Bosc & Daudin
    in Sonnini & Latreille, 1801
  • Hyla oculata Daudin, 1802
  • Calamita ocularis
    Merrem, 1820
  • Auletris ocularis Wagler, 1830
  • Hylodes ocularis
    Holbrook, 1838
  • Chorophilus angulatus
    Cope, 1875
  • Cystignathus ocularis
    — Cope, 1875
  • Chorophilus ocularis
    — Cope, 1875
  • Pseudacris ocularis
    Stejneger & Barbour, 1917
  • Hyla ocularis Noble, 1923
  • Acris ocularis Mittleman, 1946
  • Limnaoedus ocularis
    — Mittleman & List, 1953
  • Pseudacris ocularis
    Hedges, 1986

The little grass frog (Pseudacris ocularis) is a species of chorus frog endemic to the Southeastern United States.

Geographic range[edit]

The little grass frog is found in the coastal plain of southeastern Virginia, eastern North Carolina, eastern South Carolina, and southern Georgia, as well as in western and peninsular Florida.


P. ocularis is the smallest frog in North America, only reaching a maximum head-body length of 19 mm (0.75 in). It is normally pale brown, but can have a green or pink tinge.


This species is mostly found around marshy swamps.


  • Hammerson, Geoffrey A. (2004). "Pseudacris ocularis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 12 May 2006. Database entry includes a range map and justification for why this species is of least concern
  • "Species Profile: Little Grass Frog". Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Retrieved 2011-08-08.

Further reading[edit]

  • Behler JL, King FW. 1979. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians. New York: Knopf. 743 pp. ISBN 0-394-50824-6. (Limnaoedus ocularis, p. 410 + Plate 172).
  • Boulenger GA. 1882. Catalogue of the Batrachia Salientia s. Ecaudata in the Collection of the British Museum. Second Edition. London: Trustees of the British Museum. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xvi + 503 pp. + Plates I-XXX. (Chorophilus ocularis, pp. 333–334).
  • Collins, Henry Hill Jr. 1959. Complete Field Guide to American Wildlife: East, Central and North. New York, Evanston, and London: Harper & Row. xix + 683 pp. + Plates 1-48. (Hyla ocularis, p. 443 + Figure 114 and map on p. 444).
  • Conant R. 1975. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Second Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. xviii + 429 pp. + Plates 1-48. ISBN 0-395-19979-4 (hardcover), ISBN 0-395-19977-8 (paperback). (Limnaoedus ocularis, pp. 326–327 + Plate 47 + Map 283).
  • Holbrook JE. 1842. North American Herpetology; or, A Description of the Reptiles Inhabiting The United States. Vol. IV. Philadelphia: J. Dobson. 138 pp. + Plates I-XXXV. (Hylodes ocularis, pp. 137–138 + Plate XXXV).
  • Wright AH, Wright AA. 1949. Handbook of Frogs and Toads of the United States and Canada. Third Edition. Ithaca, New York: Comstock. xxii + 640 pp. (Pseudacris ocularis, pp. 264–267, Plate LVI, map 18).