Tree Frog Forestry News

Peepers herald beginning of new season

May 4, 2017

The Mi’kmaw word for May is Squoljuiku’s which translates to ‘frog croaking time.’ The scientific name for the Jijawej (northern spring peeper) reflects its distinguishing feature. The species name ‘crucifer’ means cross-bearer, because of the obvious X on their little backs. They are tiny frogs, weighing in at about 4 grams with a body length of about 30 mm, which is slightly larger than a twoonie. Although the spring peeper is often called a tree frog because of its toe pads for climbing, it is usually hidden in the dense vegetation and leaf litter around ponds and swamps at ground level. …Amphibians are indicators of environmental change.