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Springtime is singtime for chorus frogs


Hoppy, the gray tree frog, is ready for his spring awakening.

Hoppy, the gray tree frog, is ready for his spring awakening. —Betsy Peyreigne photo

It doesn’t matter what the groundhog says and it doesn’t matter what the calendar says. It’s spring when the chorus frogs sing.

And they’re singing! They just started this week. So spring is officially here!

I love listening to chorus frogs, (Latin name, pseudacris crucifer) which we lovingly call Spring Peepers. Their sound, aimed at attracting mates, is unmistakable:

Spring Peepers are heard but rarely seen. Although they sound like a thundering chorus of thousands, the frogs are so small, about one-inch full grown, they’re almost impossible to spot.

Pseudacris crucifer, aka the Spring Peeper, is little but loud.

Pseudacris crucifer, aka the Spring Peeper, is little but loud.

But the Peepers aren’t the only amphibious harbingers of spring out there. Wood frogs and salamanders are also out and about.

Wood frogs have an amazing trait. They freeze solid over the winter and then come back to life in the spring. Kind of like my husband Jerry, waiting for baseball season to arrive.

Salamanders are also waking up from hibernation and you might see them slithering across country roads to get to their breeding vernal pools. They are considered a keystone species because the size of their population in a given area is an indication of the health of the ecosystem.

If you do come across salamanders and wood frogs, let them be. They feed upon things like mosquito larvae, grubs, slugs, ants, and flies. So they’re the good guys.

Spotted salamanders like this one are expected to take the streets to head to their vernal pools.  —Jeannette Ross photo

Spotted salamanders like this one are taking to the streets this spring to head to their vernal pools. —Jeannette Ross photo

Also, if you’re in the Connecticut area, the Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, Connecticut is hosting programs in anticipation of the Great Amphibian Migration.

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