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.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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