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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.
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.
Among the first true signs of spring in Maryland is the cacophonous sound of the tiny, thumb-nail sized spring peepers.
Spotted on Jun 16, 2015
Submitted on Jul 13, 2015