Last night I heard the "Spring Peepers" for the
first time this year...little frogs off in the distance
that always signal Spring has arrived here in the
Midwest. They used to live in a marsh not far
from our house when I was a kid, so last night
was instant recognition for me
Thanks for asking! -Jill
Here is some additional info:
the Northern Spring Peeper
(Pseudacris crucifer crucifer)
Listen to its Call:
A high-pitched, rising "peep!" given about one per second; a male peeper may also give a lower-pitched trilled whistle, usually when another male has moved too close to its calling site
Size: 2-3.7 cm in length (0.8-1.5 inches)
Brown, tan or gray with dark slanting stripes on the back that usually form an X-shaped mark; the belly is white, yellowish or cream colored; this frog has some color-changing ability and can darken or lighten, depending on its mood or the surroundings.
Found in temporary and permanent ponds, marshes, floodings, and ditches; after the breeding season they move into woodlands, old fields or shrubby areas; common throughout the Great Lakes region, except in the far north along northeastern Lake Superior.
Did you know?
A spring pond full of peeping Peepers can sound like sleigh bells jingling -- only louder. Sometimes peepers make their calls while sitting under clumps of grass or in cracks or crevices in the earth. This position allows them to amplify the call, and also can create an effective ventriloquism: the frog sound seems to come from somewhere other than where the frog actually is!