After a cool rain, listen for the high-pitched mating calls of the spring peeper. A distant chorus of these tiny frogs sounds like bells jingling. In the South, this amphibian "peeps" from November through late winter. However, in northern states the calling and breeding starts when the first warm rain arrives, signaling that spring is near.
Although spring peepers may be piercingly loud, finding them in clumps of aquatic vegetation is difficult. Their color varies and may be a shade of yellow, brown, gray or olive. This species is best identified by its one and a half inch-long size and a characteristic dark "X" on its back.
WILD Facts is a regular feature written by Linda May, a wildlife interpretive specialist with the Georgia DNR.