Signs Of Spring: Spring Peepers

Spring Peeper

Spring Peeper (courtesy USGS)

Hearing a chorus of high-pitched chirps at night? You may be listening to the melodious sounds of spring peepers – small frogs about one inch in length. Male spring peepers make this sound to attract females during breeding season, which usually begins around mid-February and lasts through most of March. Although these amphibians are nocturnal and often hard to spot, they’re certainly easy to hear… their calls can be heard over a mile away!

Don’t know what spring peepers sound like? Click the link below to listen to an example from The UNC School of Education. http://www.learnnc.org/lp/multimedia/3498

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