08.13.2021 Frog Friday-mini model

I was chasing a moth in Brickyard Meadow last Saturday when I saw something not much larger than the moth on a sensitive fern leaf a few inches away.  Although it was partially hidden under another overhanging leaf and I could only see its lower half, I recognized it as a Spring Peeper. As the  rising sun started to hit it the frog slowly came out from under and I managed to get a couple of good shots.

Spring Peeper-Pseudacris crucifer The ‘x’ on its back is diagnostic although it varies in appearance. These can differ in size from 3/4″ to 1 1/4″ and I think this one was all of the 3/4s.

It wasn’t alarmed by my presence and I was able to crawl around and make eye contact.

This was shot with the 180+2x teleconverter so I was not right on top but still pretty close.  I had been about to leave when I saw the moth and then this.  I definitely said thank you.  Nice to be able to share a frog that isn’t named ‘Bull”.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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30 Responses to 08.13.2021 Frog Friday-mini model

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Thanks for this introduction to a spring peeper. I have been listening to recordings of the spring peepers’ chorus in spring. For small creatures they can put on a big performance.

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  2. Littlesundog says:

    I have never heard of a spring peeper, so I checked on their range in the US. It appears they have been found in the very eastern woodlands of Oklahoma and Texas, so it’s doubtful I’ll see one this far west. The pattern on the back is interesting, resembling little X’s. Nice find, Steve!

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  3. That’s an excellent closeup of the face in the second picture.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I sure have heard these, but I’ve never seen one that looks like this. The ones I’ve found are a pure, plain green, but they put up the same kind of racket. I’ve never explored species — ‘frog’ usually has done it for me — but it would be fun to see one as cute as this one. In the second photo he looks just slightly worn out from all that peeping. (I’ll forego phrases like, “Jeepers, creepers – where’d you find that Peeper?”)

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    The spring peeper has been unknown to me until today. I wonder if I will ever find one in our neck of the woods. Great shot, Steve!

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Aw, sweet little guy. I love hearing these cuties in the spring right when we’re freeing ourselves from the doldrums of winter.

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  7. Very nice Steve! I never saw one of these before!

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  8. Ann Mackay says:

    A spring peeper – what a fantastic name! And probably peeping out from amongst the leaves too. Lovely to meet it – especially in the second picture. 🙂

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  9. tomwhelan says:

    Beautiful images, love the detail in the first view. I’ve heard them many times, but I’ve never seen one!

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  10. Todd Henson says:

    Ah, so this is a spring peeper. I’ve heard of them, and quite possibly heard them, but never seen one. I’m glad this one was patient with you, letting you capture some great views. Really fascinating eyes, and how well the eyes blend in with the rest of the body.

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  11. Great shots Steve … so sharp! Love the face-to-face capture.

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  12. We’ve had the green variety on our kitchen window, but they are the only ones I’ve seen. Thank you for catching this little guy with your camera. Now I have something to picture when his siblings announce spring next year. Both your photos are wonderful.

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  13. We’ve had the green variety on our kitchen window, but they are the only ones I’ve seen. Thank you for catching this little guy with your camera. Now I have something to picture when his siblings announce spring next year. Both your photos are treasures.

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