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Spring Peepers Dispersing

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If you live near a pond where you heard loud “peeping” in late April or May, now is the time to keep your eyes peeled for young subadult Spring Peepers in the woodlands near the pond, for they are just completing metamorphosis and moving onto land. Thanks to their enlarged toe pads, peepers are good climbers but are usually found on the ground or low in shrubbery. The best time to look for young peepers is in the early morning hours and in the late afternoon, when they tend to feed.  Even if your timing is right, it can be challenging to find one — a full grown peeper is only ¾” to 1 ¼” long, and recently metamorphosed individuals are not much longer than ¼”, about the size of your baby fingernail. You’ll know it’s young because of its diminutive size and  its snub nose!

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3 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    Awesome little frogs. Hard to take a photo with a Peeper on your finger! I’ve had several this summer, relaxing in pots of pansies & jumping out when I water or deadhead.

    July 21, 2016 at 8:40 am

  2. Margo Nutt

    Another AMAZING photograph!

    July 21, 2016 at 9:43 am

  3. Marvelous photo, Mary!

    July 21, 2016 at 9:44 pm

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