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Pseudacris crucifer

 

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Pseudacris_crucifer_adult - click to enlarge

HABITAT

This secretive frog is seldom seen except in breeding season.  It inhabits woodlands, marshes and bogs, near small temporary or semi-permanent ponds.

BREEDING SEASON

Winter, October-March.

SIMILAR TADPOLES

Pseudacris ornata, Pseudacris ocularis

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Pseudacris_crucifer_tadpole - click to enlarge

APPEARANCE

Head

Lateral eyes.  The snout has a square appearance when viewed from above.

Body

Pseudacris crucifer tadpoles can be dark greenish brown to almost transparent with vague stippling.

Tail

They have a medium sized tail, mottled tail muscle same color as body, but with more pattern.  The fins may be clear or with blotches.

APPROXIMATE MAXIMUM SIZE

Small: 1.2 inches, 30mm.

Pseudacris_crucifer_tadpole_length

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