Florida's Frogs & Toads

Chorus Frogs (Family Hylidae)

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Spring Peeper
(Pseudacris crucifer)

 

Spring Peeper by Steve A. Johnson

Spring Peeper by Steve A. JohnsonSpring Peeper by Steve A. Johnson

Spring Peeper (click on small images to view larger)

Photos by Dr. Steve A. Johnson (UF). To obtain permission to use these photos for educational purposes, email tadpole@ufl.edu.

Size:

Usually 0.75 to 1.25 in.

Identification:

Body is reddish brown, gray, or olive; Back is marked with a dark "X" (as shown in the upper photo above, the mark may not be a perfect "X"). Like treefrogs, this species has small, sticky toepads and is an excellent climber.

Breeding:

November to March; eggs are laid singly, attached to submerged vegetation. Call is a single, high-pitched whistle, repeated about once per second. To hear frog calls, visit the USGS Frog Call Lookup and select the species you want to hear from the common name drop-down list.

Diet:

Ants, beetles, spiders, and other small, terrestrial invertebrates.

Habitats:

Found in northern Florida in shrubs or under leaf litter near breeding sites. Breeds in shallow, temporary wetlands, including marshes, seepage bogs,  bayheads, cypress domes, and wet flatwoods.

 

Spring Peeper Range

Map by Monica E. McGarrity - may be used freely for education.

 

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