small golden frog
This Spring Peeper was found in the forest of the Hope College Nature Preserve. It was on a low shrub and hopping away from the people very quickly. We caught it on the ground among many leaves. It seemed to be bloating up to make himself look bigger and more intimidating to us. Spring Peepers eat mostly small insects.
Was startled by our movement, hopped off its perch on a leaf and attempted to blend in with dead leaves.
An "X" shows on back of frog. Small, orangish color. Found under leaf of spicebush.
The spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) is a small chorus frog widespread throughout the eastern USA and Canada.