Spring Peeper Frog [link]
Taken two years ago (2011)
He/She was only (just barely) the size of my fingertip ;___;
So tiny! You can tell how little by the size compared to my hand, and compared to the sand as well.
This little one was a tiny little guy, haha! Difficult to catch too, I had to be VERY careful.
** For a while (at least 5 years prior to this photo) we hadn't seen any Peepers and normally you'd hear hundreds of them when you walked through the wood. So finding this little guy was a relief that our land still had them. After finding this one we saw several more, a couple larger than this one but still Peepers. The population is slowly coming back from whatever caused their decline but as far as I know their numbers are struggling to get back due to toxins and chemicals from farms nearby and such. Amphibians are sensitive to chemical changes like that as they absorb a lot through their skins, and you can usually tell the health of an ecosystem by it's plant, insect, and amphibian populations.
There's still plenty of toads and wood frogs as well as green tree frogs but the Peepers are still in decline. It's most concerning =/ I guess a part of it could be over hunting and even being smooshed underfoot/car. Some try to use these little guys as fishing bait :I
However, speculation is the main reason seems to be the over spill from fertilizers and chemical compounds used by farms. Something made their numbers plummet quite seriously within a years time.
Anyway, this little guy was unharmed and I certainly hope that after she/he was released they lived long enough to reproduce and bring back the struggling population on our lands and lands nearby :3 Every creature great and small has it's purpose. Remember that kiddos ^^
UPDATE: Another image of this little one can be found here --
Reposting because it's one of my favourite photos