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Spring Peeper (Pseudacris c. crucifer)

Spring peeperNH Conservation Status: Not listed


State Rank Status: Widespread and secure


Distribution: Throughout NH


Description: A small .75"-1.5" tan, brown, or gray frog with a dark “X” marking across the back. This species is seldom seen but often heard singing in chorus during evening hours.


Commonly Confused Species: Gray treefrog


Habitat: Often found in wet wooded areas often near swamps or ponds. Also found in fields, meadows, and forests.


Life History: Up to 1000 eggs are attached individually to submerged vegetation in breeding pools. Hibernates on land under moss and matted leaves.


Voice: High-pitched, ascending whistle or peep.





Conservation Threats: Species is secure


Distribution map: View a map showing the towns where this species is reported to occur in NH PDF Document


Spring peeper

Spring peepers can be heard calling in large numbers from late March through May.

Photo by Christopher Manning

Spring peeper

Spring peepers have a dark marking in the shape of an X on their back. Photo by Mike Marchand


Spring peeper

Spring peepers are often heard but seldom seen.

Photo by Mike Marchand

Spring peeper

Adult spring peepers are not much bigger than a quarter and are New Hampshire’s smallest frogs.

Photo by Mike Marchand

Spring peeper

The marking on the back of this peeper does not make a perfect X. Photo by Mike Marchand