Spring Peeper

Spring Peeper

Scientific Name – Pseudacris crucifer

Classification – Hylidae

Baby Name – Tadpole, polliwog, froglet

Collective Noun – Army, colony

Average Length – 1 to 1.5 in

Average Weight – 3.1 to 5.1 g

Life Expectancy – 3 to 4 years

Breeding Season – March to June in the northern areas; October to March in the southern areas

Incubation Period – 2 days to 2 weeks

Metamorphosis Period – 6 to 12 weeks

Special Features – Possess large toe pads for climbing; can tolerate freezing temperature; color ranges from tan, olive green, brown, and gray

Family Unit – Solitary except during the breeding season

Geographical Distribution – United States, Canada

World Population – Stable

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Natural Habitat – Moist wooded areas, fields and grassy lowlands near ponds and other wetlands, breeds in small wetlands including temporary pools and swamps

Diet – Small invertebrates, like beetles, ants, flies, and spiders

Predators – Salamanders, owls, snakes, large spiders, birds