Male calling from breeding wetland
Note brown crucifer-shaped marking
Note Eye Patch and Toepads
Commonly Confused Native Species:
Size: A small arboreal frog measuring 0.8 to 2 inches in length.
Color: The dorsum is light brown with a distinct dark brown
X-shaped marking that is often broken up. The venter is
a whitish-cream color. Each eye is surrounded by a dark
patch. There are small suction cup toe pads on the feet.
Behavior: Spring peepers rely on their cryptic coloration for
protection against predators. If detected they are quick to
flee, seeking refuge in nearby vegetation. Spring
peepers can change color from lighter to darker to better
match substrate colors.
Habitat: Widespread across the state in a variety of moist habitats
including forested, shrubby and grassy areas. Breeding
habitats are numerous, including vernal pools,
permanent ponds, forested flood plains, wet meadows
and man-made impoundments.