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Spring Peeper

Pseudacris crucifer


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Classification

Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae

Description

Its skin ranges from yellow, through olive, gray, and brown. The only obvious distinguishing feature is the dark "X" on its back. A small frog 1.9 - 3.2 cm (3/4 to 1 1/4 in) in length.

Life Cycle

Spring Peepers breed from December through April. The female lays up to 900 eggs in shallow water with aquatic vegetation. Eggs hatch in a week or two. Transformation to tiny frogs takes three to four months. This is a nocturnal frog, and one of the first to start calling in the winter. It eats insects. It is found in wooded areas and does well in secondary growth with abundant brushy vegetation. It is found around temporary and permanent ponds, swamps, marshes, and other wetland areas.

Range

Spring Peeper Region Map The Spring Peeper is found throughout Georgia.

Conservation Status

This is an abundant frog throughout its range. It is under no threats at present. Preventative maintenance includes protecting wetlands and streams from degradation.

Similar Species

The Spring Peeper is easily distinguished by the dark "X" on its back and lack of any additional distinct stripes, spots, or mottled patterns.