Spring Peeper Pseudacris crucifer (Wied-Neuwied, 1838) crucifer  Synonyms: Northern Spring Peeper.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Amphibia   >   Order Anura   >   Family Hylidae   >   Genus Pseudacris   

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The diminutive Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) is one of the most familiar frogs of spring. Its clear, ringing peep calls are loud and conspicuous, and they will call incessantly under the right conditions. This treefrog will breed in a variety of shallow wetlands, ponds, or ditches, usually with brushy habitat or woodland nearby, and dense vegetation at the body of water. They will often call from beneath mats of vegetation, and can at times be difficult to localize. This is among the most abundant and widespread frogs in Maryland (Conant & Collins, 1998; Maryland DNR site).

Description:

A small brown treefrog with a conspicuous X-shaped marking on its back.

Where to find:

Almost any wetland. Listen for their distinctive calls.

There are 643 records in the project database.

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Calling at Irvine Nature Center (3/14/2012). - Bill Hubick.

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A Spring Peeper in Howard Co., Maryland (7/31/2011). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Spring Peeper in Baltimore Co., Maryland (3/21/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Spring Peeper in Howard Co., Maryland (6/20/2014). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

A Spring Peeper in Baltimore Co., Maryland (3/23/2016). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Spring Peeper in Baltimore Co., Maryland (3/21/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Spring Peeper in Baltimore Co., Maryland (3/21/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

Spring Peepers in Howard Co., Maryland (3/31/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Spring Peepers mating in Baltimore Co., Maryland (4/3/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs in Howard Co., Maryland (2/21/2018). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)


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