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Frog (Spring Peeper)

Hyla crucifer
Frog (Spring Peeper)

Range

They are found in the eastern part of Southern Canada and the U.S.

Habitat

They live on or near ponds, wetlands, marshes, wet forests and swamps.

Body Traits

They are tiny frogs, less than 2 inches long. They are tan-colored with a lighter X marking on their backs. They have tiny suction pads on their toes to help them cling to plants. They make their peeping sound with an air sac under their chin. It is such a loud call that many peepers together can be heard for a long distance away.

Habits

They are one of the first frogs to start singing in the spring.

Diet

They eat insects and spiders.

Predators

They are eaten by snakes, fish, larger frogs and birds.

Reproduction

They lay their eggs in the water, attached to an anchored plant. The tadpoles that hatch out are bigger than the adult frog.

Frog (Spring Peeper)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Pseudacris
Species: P. crucifer

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