Spring Peepers – A Chorus Frog

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Spring peepers have emerged and you can hear them mainly on mild/warm spring nights.  The peepers are a variety of chorus frogs and they inhabit much of the Eastern U.S. and Canada. They are relatively small, around an inch long. You might see an X on their back and they tend to be a greenish/tan/light brown color.  They blend into their surroundings, so their not easy to spot.  They tend to be around smaller ponds and marshes, laying their eggs in calm water (so Lake Michigan and many inland lakes won’t do.  Tadpoles emerge after around 12 days.  You can often hear them 1/2 mile away or more. 

They can survive the cold winters and even the polar vortex by burrowing down under logs.  A good portion of their body can actually freeze.  They like to eat ants, spiders, beetles and flies and they live for about 3 years.

They’re one of the many signs of the season unfolding around us, as the land comes alive with the wide variety of plants and creatures who spring to life as temperatures warm and the days get longer. 

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