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Photo Credit: Aubrey M. Heupel
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pseudacris crucifer crucifer
OTHER NAMES: Spring peeper
STATUS: Common statewide. Lowest Conservation Concern.
DESCRIPTION: A small (3/4 to 1-¼ inch) frog with an overall coloration of tan or light brown. The most distinctive mark is a dark X located on the dorsum (back). The belly lacks any marks or is nearly plain. Toes end with enlarged toepads.
DISTRIBUTION: Found statewide in suitable habitats. Outside of
HABITAT: During the breeding season, found around permanent or temporary ponds particularly in or near wooded areas. Difficult to find outside of the breeding season, as they retreat to damp, wooded areas.
FEEDING HABITS: As with all frogs, spring peepers will eat a variety of small invertebrates.
LIFE HISTORY AND ECOLOGY: Despite the name “spring peeper” these frogs become active and can be heard singing as early as late November in the coastal counties of
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