You may hear a loud "chirping" sound as you are out exploring Cuyahoga Valley National Park this spring. But would you have guessed that such a loud noise could come from such a tiny creature? The Northern Spring Peeper is a small tree frog that utilizes swamps and moist woodlands. It stays on the ground in thickets and under the cover of dead leaves and rotting logs.
The defining characteristic of this frog is the dark "X" on its back. Sometimes this pattern is unclear. The skin is smooth and the color is some combination of yellow, brown, tan, reddish, or olive. Small discs are present on each toe. Peepers begin calling in late February or early March (only the males call) and continue through late May. This familiar call is a series of short, high pitched, one-syllable whistles. A full chorus of Northern Spring Peepers can be deafening. This frog occurs throughout the state of Ohio and can be heard on many early spring evenings in CVNP. Listen for the peeps next time you're journeying through CVNP!