• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

Spring Peeper

Pseudacris crucifer

Spring Peeper

JD Wilson

Family: Hylidae

Pseudacris crucifer

Spring Peeper

Size: 1.9 to 3.5 cm long (¾" to 1 ½")

General Description: Skin tan to brown or gray with dark "x" shape on back. Large toe pads. Not distinctly mottled striped or spotted.

Similar Species: Northern Spring Peeper, P. crucifer crucifer, is considered a subspecies and is characterized by a plain or almost plain belly. Other members of this genus are distinguished by distinctly striped, spotted or mottled patterns. Mountain Chorus Frogs, P. brachyphona, may have markings resembling a crude "x" on their backs but will also generally have a well defined dark triangle between their eyes. Bird-voiced and Gray Treefrogs, Hyla avivoca, H. chrysoscelis, and H. versicolor, all have a light spot beneath the eye. Pine Woods Treefrogs, H. femoralis, are distinguished by light spots on the rear of their thigh.

Reproduction: Breeds November to March in southern areas, March to June in northern areas.

Habitat: Prefers wooded areas in or near water; ponds, swamps, etc. Water source can be permanent or temporary.

Behavior: Nocturnal. May hibernate under logs and loose bark.

Voice: Large choruses may sound like sleigh bells from a distance. Individual calls are a single clear note repeated at about a one second interval; the sound is a high, piping whistle with a terminal upward slur (in contrast to the Ornate Chorus Frog, Pseudacris ornata, which has a piping note that ends sharply in its call). Some individuals may make a trilling peep call that is heard in the background of small choruses.

Did You Know?

Island Ford Visitor Center - Photo by Matt Harr

Hewlett Lodge was once the Summer home of Georgia Superior Court Justice Samuel Hewlett. Construction began in the 1930s, using timber from the near the Okeefenokee Swamp and stone from Stone Mountain, taking six years to complete. Today it is home to the Island Ford Visitor Center.