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A Field Guide to Amphibian Larvae and Eggs of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa
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Spring Peeper Pseudacris crucifer

Status: Wisconsin – Common
Minnesota – Common
Iowa – Common adjacent to Mississippi River
Spring Peeper
~3.4 cm total length

field mapSpring Peeper adults are associated with forested or brushy areas. Peepers lay eggs in shallow water singly or in small clusters (2-3 eggs) attached to dead leaves, sticks, and grasses. Spring Peeper tadpoles are highly variable. They have lateral eyes and the pigmentation of the tail can be heavy or almost non-existent. When there is pigmentation on the tail it is concentrated along the outer edge and there is a clear area near the musculature.

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