Saturday, April 5, 2008
Rain. Rain. And more rain. Bucketsful. Barrows full. Bathtubs full. The kind of weather only a frog could truly love and the spring peepers were doing just that at Ijams Nature Center. They were lovin' it. Peep. Peep. Peep.
This naturalist got soaked, but he didn't melt.
Peepers are brick reddish, sort of a dried leaf color. They are roughly an inch long, about the size as the end of your thumb, so we are taking SMALL. A male's most famous trait is his "peep," a single high-pitched note repeated every second or so. Peep. Peep. Peep. Most often heard at night, male peepers peep to advertise their locations and attract females. In turn, the females are lured to the male whose vocal quality has just the right tempo. Older peepers peep faster and are more desirable because they are proven survivors, perhaps a sign of genetic superiority.
How many peeps can a mature peeper peep? A single male may peep up to 4,500 peeps a night.
Now, that's up tempo! A lot of peeps from such a little package.