Spring Peepers Mating & Laying Eggs
The mating season for spring peepers lasts two months or more, and judging from the sound that is coming from ponds and woodlands these days and nights, it is in full swing. Once a singing male is successful in attracting a female, he mounts and clasps her while depositing his sperm on her eggs. She lays up to 800 eggs, either singly or in small groups, on plants within the male’s territory. The frogs remain joined (a position known as “amplexus”) for up to four hours. After egg-laying and fertilization is completed, the female peeper returns to the woods; the male remains at the pond and resumes singing.
This entry was posted on April 29, 2013 by Mary Holland. It was filed under Amphibians, April, Breeding, Egg laying, Frogs, Mating, Spring Peeper, Vertebrates and was tagged with Amplexus, Hylidae, Pseudacris crucifer.