spring peeper

(Pseudacris crucifer)

Conservation Status
spring peeper
Photo by Matt Klocke
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S4 - Apparently Secure

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Spring peeper species is easily identified by a distinctive “X”-shaped mark on its back.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

¾ to 1½

 
     
 

Voice

 
 

The male mating call is a high-pitched “peep” repeated once per second. Older males call faster than younger males. The sound has been compared to a tiny bell, a baby chick, and a cricket. It can be heard from April through May.

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Woodlands, woodland edges, ponds, wetlands, and wet meadows.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

3 to 5 years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Tadpole Food

 
 

 

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Small aquatic and terrestrial insects and other invertebrates.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

11, 12, 14, 24, 29, 72, 73.

 
  7/16/2015      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Amphibia (amphibians)  
  Superorder Batrachia (amphibians)  
  Order Anura (frogs and toads)  
  Suborder Neobatrachia  
  Superfamily Hyloidea  
 

Family

Hylidae (tree frogs)  
 

Subfamily

Hylinae  
  Tribe Hylini  
 

Genus

Pseudacris  
       
 

This species was formerly placed in the genus Hyla. It was transferred to the genus Pseudacris in 1984 based on allozyme data. Molecular data in 2004 supported the transfer but suggested that P. c. crucifer and P. c. bartramiana should no longer be recognized as subspecies.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

northern spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer crucifer)

southern spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer bartramiana)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Hyla crucifer

Hylodes pickeringii

Parapseudacris crucifer

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

spring peeper

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Pseudacris crucifer

 

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  Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper)  

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Other Videos
 
  Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
WisCBMnetwork
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 10, 2013

 
  Spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) calling
Ryan M. Bolton
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Apr 2, 2007

Spring peeper calling.
© Ryan M. Bolton
www.artofconservation.ca/RMBolton

 
  Super loud spring peeper frogs! (Pseudacris crucifer crucifer) #1
Reneejanet
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 24, 2009

A sure sign of spring on the east coast, these thumbnail sized frogs are deafening!

 
  Spring Peeper Frogs - CTnaturalist Online
www.ctnaturalist.org
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 30, 2009

Spring peepers are the smallest frog in Connecticut.

Each spring choruses of the males calls are heard emanating from vernal pools.

Video by Will Michael from CTnaturalist TV

 
  Spring peepers calling
Reptile and Amphibian Video
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Mar 20, 2009

Spring peepers calling

 
       

 

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