The spring peeper frog gets its name because it chirps away to mark the beginning of Spring.
It's scientific name is pseudacris crucifer .
They can be found all over eastern United States and Canada. The frog currently has no special conservation status and is fairly stable in population apart from in Iowa and Kansas where they are listed as threatened.
It makes a fairly loud chirping noise that has been said to sound a bit like a chicken and when they all chirp together it has been said that they sound a lot like sleigh bells.
The call that they make is actually the male calling sound to herald the start of the mating season also. So at night you can hear them calling out to attract a mate. Once they attract a female they will mate and the female will then lay hundreds of eggs under water.
The spring peeper is a nocturnal frog, most active at night.
If you listen to the video above, you will probably realise you have heard the Spring Peeper many times, but might not have recognised what you were hearing! It is actually such a relaxing, beautiful sound, and on Youtube there are lots of videos of spring peepers that you can play for hours to help you get to sleep! It would seem that we all really love the noise that these tiny frogs make and their beautiful cacophony of sound.
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