Tiny spring peepers,
Sometimes known as pinkletinks,
Tell me spring is here.
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A spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) is a small chorus frog widespread throughout the eastern USA and Canada.
The spring peeper is a small species, attaining an adult size between 0.75 inches (19 mm) and 1 inch (25 mm) long. They have a dark cross on their backs roughly in the shape of an “X” (thus the Latin name crucifer, meaning cross-bearer), though sometimes the marking may be indistinct. […] This frog has a vocal sac located by its throat, which expands and deflates like a balloon to create a short and distinct peeping sound. Only males have the ability to make this loud high-pitched noise, and they use it to attract mates.
On Martha’s Vineyard, peepers are commonly called “pinkletinks”; in New Brunswick, Canada, they are called “tinkletoes.”
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