Ornate Chorus Frog (Pseudacris ornata)
The Ornate Chorus Frog is a winter-breeding resident of intact longleaf pine-wiregrass forests of the southeastern US. Because only 2% of that ecosystem remains, this frog is now very localized. Even more worrisome is that recurring droughts over the past two decades have stymied successful reproduction in many areas and populations have disappeared from most of peninsular Florida. A dense suburban matrix precludes natural recolonization of many of these areas should normal rain patterns ever return.