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  • noun A small brownish tree frog (Pseudacris crucifer syn. Hyla crucifer) of eastern North America that makes a shrill, high-pitched call in early spring.

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  • noun A frog of a particular species (Pseudacris crucifer).

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  • noun a small brown tree toad having a shrill call heard near wetlands of eastern United States and Canada in early spring


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It peeps (makes a sound) in the spring (the season).


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  • A Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer, synonym Hyla crucifer) is a small tree frog widespread throughout the eastern USA. Spring peepers are nocturnal frogs, so they are mostly heard but not seen. They are especially easy to hear due to their extremely loud mating call which gives them the name "peeper," but it is often hard to pinpoint the source of the sound, especially when many are peeping at once.


    See also pinkletink

    February 5, 2008