Signs & Sounds of Spring - The Peepers

Signs & Sounds of Spring - The Peepers

They’re Little, but They’re Loud

You may never see them, but you’ll certainly hear them! Across many part of the U.S. and Canada, the first signs of spring are vocals from these tiny frogs. Adults are only about an inch-and-a-half long and as nocturnal amphibians, they sing out loud and clear all night long.

If you live in an area near spring peepers, you’ll have no worries that they’re endangered. In fact, they’re quite plentiful and are in no danger of losing ground in population growth. Females will lay up to 1,000 eggs at one time and they’ve been known to congregate in groups of 100 or so during the mating season. They generally inhabit ponds or swamps near woods and are quite good at avoiding predators during the day. If it gets too cold, they’ll tuck in under tree bark or find a spot a spot around fallen logs. These are also preferred hibernating spots during winter. At night, they go in search of food, generally smaller insects including crickets and spiders.

Peepers climb well and can hang onto vicarious surfaces with their large toe pads. However, they do seem to prefer land or water. When they’re calling in groups, it’s hard to pinpoint the echoing calls to any one location.

You can keep spring peppers in a tabletop setup at home. They’ll require a woodlands habitat with moss and a place to soak up water. Younger, smaller insects are required for feeding and a weekly tank maintenance program is about all that’s needed. They can’t be housed with other frogs as they’ll probably become prey. Of course, you should be prepared for their loud peeping sounds.

Photo public domain.