Spring Peeper

Pseudacris crucifer

Identification Photo by Erin Talmage. (All photos on this site are © copyright to the photographer and used by permission.)

The Spring Peeper is one of Vermont’s smallest frogs. Adults are generally 1-1½ inches long. The Spring Peeper has no dorsolateral ridges (folds of skin on either side of its back). It has dark markings on its back that usually form an “X”, and small adhesive discs on its toes. Spring Peepers vary in color from light to dark brown. Adult males are generally smaller than the adult females, and breeding males have black throats and swollen thumbs.

The Spring Peeper’s call can either be a short ascending whistle or it may be broken into a series of ascending peeps. It begins calling as early as March, and can be heard through July. The peak calling time is around the beginning of May.

After mating, Spring Peepers lay hundreds of eggs singly or in packages of 2-3 eggs attached to vegetation. Tadpoles metamorphose within 2-3 months.

Records in Vermont of Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper)

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Range/Habitat

Adults can be found in herbaceous vegetation or woods next to heavily vegetated swamps and marshes of all sizes.

Status

Spring Peepers are very common in Vermont. This species has a state natural heritage rank of S5 (common). Please report sightings of this species in Vermont if you have not reported them within the last five years from a given location. Any natural history observations (feeding, migrations, road crossing areas, early or late season appearance, abnormalities, etc.) are appreciated. Photographs are always helpful, particularly if your report is the first report of this species from a town.

Additional Photos

Photo by Kate Kelly. (All photos on this site are © copyright to the photographer and used by permission.)Photo by Helen Linda. (All photos on this site are © copyright to the photographer and used by permission.)  Photo by John Jose. (All photos on this site are © copyright to the photographer and used by permission.)Photo by John Jose. (All photos on this site are © copyright to the photographer and used by permission.)  Photo by VT Herp AtlasPhoto by J. Zevallos. (All photos on this site are © copyright to the photographer and used by permission.)

 

More Info

Species summary written by Ariel K. McK. Burgess.