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THE SPRING PEEPER FROG
Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Amphibia Characteristics: Spring peepers are tan or brown in color with dark lines that form a telltale X on their backs. They grow to about 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) in length, and have large toe pads for climbing, although they are more at home amid the loose debris of the forest floor. They begin their familiar sleigh-bell-like chorus right around the beginning of spring. Close Relatives: Tree Frog, Chorus Frog, Clawed Frog, Cricket Frog, Green Frog. Habitat: Found in wooded areas and grassy lowlands near ponds and swamps in the central and eastern parts of Canada and the United States. including salamanders, owls, large spiders, snakes, and other birds. Adaptation: all weather conditions taken into account seem to determine the relative number of chorusing males at a given time. Reproduction: Males begin mating rituals shortly after the end of hibernation. The males will gather at small pools by the hundreds. Each male establishes a small territory and begins calling quite frequently. This call is described as a shrill "peep peep peep. Female spring peepers typically choose mates in a size-selective fashion. Larger males are preferred and are more successful breeders. Other Interesting info: Spring peepers are known for their high piping whistle consisting of a single clear note repeated on intervals. The males sing, normally doing so in trios, the one who starts each round is usually the deepest voiced. During the daytime, peepers often call during light rains or in cloudy weather. They are usually silent at the end of summer, but call from forests during the fall.
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Position in Food Chain:They are nocturnal creatures, hiding from their many predators during the day and emerging at night to feed on such delicacies as beetles, ants, flies, and spiders. Many predators attack adult peepers,
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