Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Noisy Neighbors

Spring Peepers!  Do you know what they are?  Have you ever heard them?

We visited "our" park today - Inniswood - and they were so loud it hurt our ears!

Here is a video so you can HEAR them - be sure your sound is up.  You won't see anything, so just close your eyes and listen:

What do they look like, you ask?

We wondered that too, but no matter how hard we looked, we couldn't see any - here's what we found:

Here is the description:

Species Description:   The Northern Spring Peeper only achieves snout-vent lengths of 1.9 to 3.2 cm (3/4 to 1 1/4 inches).  The defining characteristic of this frog is the dark "X" on its back.  Sometimes this pattern is unclear.  The skin is smooth and the ground color of the Northern Spring Peeper is some combination of yellow, brown, tan, reddish, or olive.  Small discs are present on each toe.  A faint line extends across the crown between the eyes.  Unlike other species of the genus Pseudacris in Ohio, there is no white line along the upper lip.  Males have a midline vocal sac.   

This was only our 2nd trip Innis this year.  It was in the mid-60s this afternoon, after a morning of very loud thunderstorms.  Previously, we thought the peepers weren't out until it was 80 degrees, but clearly that is NOT the case!  

Do you have Spring Peepers where you live?  Go hear them - it's quite entertaining!

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