The Illinois chorus frog is a member of the “Fat Frog” clade of North American chorus frogs and spends a lot of its life buried in sand. Floods, habitat loss, extreme weather and other environmental stressors have put a pinch on wild populations in parts of its range.
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Known as a habitat specialist, the Illinois chorus frog requires fine, sandy soils for foraging and overwintering, as well as seasonally flooded wetlands to reproduce.
These frogs are stout-bodied, with enlarged forelimbs for burrowing, and measures about an inch and a half long.
These unassuming frogs weigh about as much as a quarter.
Metamorphosed frogs eat small terrestrial arthropods obtained from ground surface or in soil. Larvae eat suspended matter, organic debris, algae, and plant tissue.
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