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Spring Peeper Pseudacris crucifer

The Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) is a small frog with a distinctive dark cross-like pattern on its back, which is used to identify this species. It is commonly found near permanent, undeveloped natural ponds. Their presence can be identified by the high-pitched call they make during early spring.



Common Names

EnglishSpring Peeper
FrenchRainette crucifère
SpanishRana crucífera


SpeciesPseudacris crucifer

How to Identify

The characteristic dark cross-like pattern on its back, which has given it the Latin name crucifer (cross-bearer), is used to identify this species. Although their presence may be noticeable when hearing their call, it can be very difficult to spot this species as they tend to hide below leaves and other vegetal debris.

Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) - Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - 2023-04-13

Where and When to Spot

To spot Spring Peepers, head to parks with natural ponds in early spring, around mid-April. One recommended location for observing this species is Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies.

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Where and when a species has been observed, identified, and recorded.


Last updated on 2024-03-14. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.