March 2012

Frog Calls - Advertising for Love & Territory

Each species has its own sounds and reasons for calling

When you hear frogs calling, it’s not just for their amusement or simply because they can. It may be a distress signal or it may be a male warning others away from his territory. Some females of certain species also call out with certain sounds. The range of calls includes those made by males when they’re ready to find a mate.

Croaks, whistles, groans and even barking are all part of the calling vocabulary. Each species has its own specific litany that makes identification easy - at least for experts. With their well-developed vocal chords, it appears frogs have plenty to say about a variety of things.