• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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    Watch for rapidly rising river levels on the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries. Water released from dams and heavy rain can turn a day on the river into a tragedy! More »

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    With colder temperatures you can expect longer and more frequent water releases. For water release schedule info, call 1-855-DAM-FLOW (1-855-326-3569) for Buford Dam and 404-329-1455 for Morgan Falls Dam. Save numbers to your cell! More »

Northern Cricket Frog

Acris crepitans

Northern Cricket Frog

Patrick Coin

Family: Hylidae

Acris crepitans

Northern Cricket Frog

Size: 1.6 to 3.8 cm long (½" to 1 ½")

General Description: Skin rough and greenish-brown, yellow, reddish, pinkish, or black in color with a dark triangle between the eyes. Longitudinal stripes along back of thigh; edges of stripe ragged, not clean cut. Anal warts present. Snout rounded or blunt. Webbing on hind feet extensive, reaching tip of first toe and next to last joint of longest (4th) toe. Legs relatively short: when legs extended forward along side of body, the heel usually fails to reach snout (compared to Southern Cricket Frogs, A. gryllus, where the heel generally extends beyond the snout).

Similar Species: Southern Cricket Frog, A. gryllus.

Reproduction: Breeds April to August.

Habitat: Uses sunny wet areas; shallow ponds or slow-moving streams, with good vegetative cover on edges or in the water.

Behavior: Diurnal.

Voice: Call sounds like string of "gick, gick, gick, gick" sounds repeated for 20 - 30 beats. Call starts slowly and picks up speed as it continues. The sound is similar to two pebbles being hit against each other.

Did You Know?

Rock overhang at Island Ford - Photo by Matt Harr

Prehistoric people would shelter under the large rock overhangs found along the Chattahoochee River. Indian village sites once flourished along this rich corridor of fertile soils.