Scouts are very cool pets. Outside of the breeding season they are usually found under loose bark on standing trees or fallen logs. If there’s a pile of old planks on a lawn a few yards from the water, that’s a good place to look.
Adult spring peckers emerge to feed in the late afternoon and early evening, while subadults feed in the early morning to late afternoon. They generally eat bugs, ants, flies and spiders. Tadpoles feed on algae and microorganisms.
There are many signs that spring has arrived, and one of the loudest is a tiny little frog known as the spring bug. This frog has a very apt name because it often starts calling early in spring and its call sounds like a high-pitched BEEPING!
Peepers grow to their adult size by the end of summer and become mature within a year.
They are noisy for several reasons. One study found that a lone male peeper within 50cm is as loud as a motorcycle 25m away – about 90 decibels. Impressive considering the average male is only about an inch and a half long.
They should be kept relatively cool and given plenty of plants and branches to climb on. They need moisture and a small water dish should be provided. For food, they will eat almost any tiny, live insect they can fit in their mouths.
This frog is found in swampy forests and unwooded lowlands near ponds and swamps. Although a good climber, spring scouts seem to prefer being on the ground or hiding in foliage. Leaping Spies breed in freshwater ponds or pools and prefer ponds where there are no fish.
While spring scouts, Pseudacris crucifer, are the most famous of all chirping frogs, they’re not the only species native to North America. In fact, Spring Gazers belong to a group of frogs known as “chorus frogs”. Spring Gazers live in the eastern half of North America, from northern Florida to Canada.
They are predators of many destructive forest insects and in turn become prey for forest birds and mammals. But springers need to evolve in ponds and stay moist in their terrestrial habitats. For frogs, water is everything.
The spring moth has a white or cream belly and webbed feet with sticky toe pads that it uses to cling to trees and plants. Although the spring spy is a tree frog and a good tree climber, it spends a lot of its time on the ground!
A distinct X-shaped pattern on its back makes this species easy to identify. Females in spring are usually slightly larger and lighter than males. Males have a flap under their neck where the vocal pouch is located.
If you really want to get the frogs to stop croaking, there are some common ways you can repel or startle them. These include using bait, making loud noises, citric acid, salt water and vinegar. Using these methods will usually make the frogs uncomfortable or scared, which is something to keep in mind.
In southern spring peckers, the eggs are laid singly, mean diameter is 1.1 mm (vitellus), 2.6 mm (gum shell). Eggs hatch in 5.5–6.5 days “at room temperature” (Gosner and Rossman, 1960).