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Spring Peepers Calling

I heard my first peeper on March 18th, roughly two weeks earlier than in past years.  These tiny members of the treefrog family begin mating rituals shortly after the end of hibernation. The males gather at small pools by the hundreds. Each male establishes a small territory and begins calling the familiar high-pitched “peep” quite frequently. The louder and faster he peeps, the better his chances are of attracting a receptive female. Males usually compete in trios, and the male with the lowest-pitched call usually starts the vocal competition.  If you look closely at the peeper in the photograph you can see some snow fleas hitching a ride.  

5 responses

  1. I don’t think I’m supposed to like anything remotely toad–ish of frog-ish, because we have a bit of a plague problem in Australia (not where I live).

    Nevertheless, this is incredibly cute!

    March 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

  2. So Snow fleas:Peepers::Remora:Shark. I love it – amazing photo!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    • Thanks so much, Kellyann!

      March 21, 2012 at 12:19 am

      • Still no peepers here (North Tunbridge), but I did hear and see wood frogs this afternoon in our vernal pool. (It’s also the first day the vernal pool has been ice-free.)

        March 21, 2012 at 1:34 am

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