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Spring Peeper (Metamorph)

Pseudacris crucifer

Description:

Spring peeper metamorph spotted on the edge of a vernal pool in Maryland. Adults are generally light brown, with a dark brown, variable "X" pattern on their dorsum. Metamorphs resemble adults but are smaller and lighter in color.

Habitat:

Typically found in fishless, temporary wetlands associated with forested habitat like marshy woods, non-wooded lowlands, or near ponds and swamps. Although it is a good climber, spring peepers seem to prefer to be on the ground or hiding in leaf litter.

Notes:

Among the first true signs of spring in Maryland is the cacophonous sound of the tiny, thumb-nail sized spring peepers.

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marylou.wildlife
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marylou.wildlife

Maryland, USA

Spotted on Jun 16, 2015
Submitted on Jul 13, 2015

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