A spring peeper clings to the bark of a tree. Courtesy of the United States Geological Survey
Spring peepers are small frogs that make a big noise! They live in areas where there are forests and swamps, marshes, ponds, or small lakes. They have sticky pads on their toes that help them hold on to grasses, branches, or other objects in the forest.
Spring peepers spend most of the summer moving around in the forest and looking for small insects and bugs to eat. In the winter, spring peepers rest on the ground underneath dead leaves or other plant matter. Parts of their bodies freeze solid, while other parts are protected by special antifreeze that helps the peepers survive until the weather warms up.
The best time to find spring peepers is in the spring when they head to ponds and other wet areas and start looking for a mate. In the evening these tiny frogs start calling out as they search for a frog mate. The noise can be really loud! Use the links below to listen to the sound of a single spring peeper calling, and then a full chorus of spring peepers calling.
The best places to find spring peepers are outside of cities where there are larger areas of wild land. It can be very hard to see spring peepers because they are so small, but if you have a chance to visit a pond in the springtime right around sunset, you may be able to hear a chorus of spring peepers. When you hear them, you’ll know!
A spring peeper rests on the leaf of a plant. By Well Tea
The above links plus:
Oldfield, Barney and John J. Moriarty. Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1994. Pp. 82-83.
Sound files by Mdf courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Links to sound files listed above.