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Sounds of Lithobates clamitans clamitans - Bronze Frog


(=Rana clamitans clamitans)
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More pictures of this frog and its habitat can be seen here.


Advertisement Calls

An advertisement call is the most well-known call of a frog. It is produced by a male frog in order to attract females during the breeding season and to warn other rival males of his presence. Frogs usually make the calls around bodies of water that are suitable for breeding and egg laying. These calls can be heard during the evening and at night, and sometimes during daylight at the peak of the breeding season.

The advertisement of the Bronze Frog (sometimes called the "banjo frog") is a sharp twang, often repeated several times in succession. this sound is frequently described as sounding like plucking a loose banjo string.



This is a 1 second recording of the advertisement calls of a male Bronze Frog calling at night in Angelina County, Texas. This is a 31 second recording of the advertisement calls of several Bronze Frogs calling at night from a small pond in in Angelina County, Texas. Insects are heard in the background in the beginning, then the loud honking sounds of Hyla cinerea - Green Treefrog, can be heard.














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