Jeepers, Peepers, Spring Peepers a calling

Spring is spring.

Migrants moving up the creek. Fish, early spring warblers, spring peppers, hawks, killi-fish all over the place, crawfish awakening. Spring is sprung, though note last year end of March there was a snow-fall,

Spring Peeper

Out and about, Pseudacris crucifer a peeping away. The little spring peeper, its chorus echoes off of marshy wetlands and riparian buffer ponds of RCrk watershed. here under the N Branch Cedars a peeping away, likewise down at Melpine, Hainesport, Rancocas Natural Area. be way quiet when your out and about the peepers whose call is strongest after dusk. Elusive little folks. The Northern Spring Peeper only achieves snout-vent lengths of 1.9 to 3.2 cm (3/4 to 1 1/4 inches). The defining characteristic of this frog is the dark “X” on its back. Sometimes this pattern is unclear. The skin is smooth and the ground color of the Northern Spring Peeper is some combination of yellow, brown, tan, reddish, or olive. Small discs are present on each toe. A faint line extends across the crown between the eyes. Males have a midline vocal sac. photo is from Monmouth County Parks Frogs in the Park brochure. If you catcth full orchestra sit back and enjoy the “ride”. Truly one of natures NJ’s wonders…

Infor link to conserve NJ info sheet on spring peeper.…/ensp/pdf/species/spring_peeper.pdf

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