Slightly blunt snout, relatively short legs, heavy webbing of hind foot reaching tip of first toe and next to last joint on longest toe. There is always a dark triangle between the eyes, a series of light and dark bars on the upper jaw, and an irregular black or brown stripe along the inside of each thigh. May have green or reddish stripe on back. Although found in almost any moist habitat, cricket frogs are most common along edges of permanent ponds, lakes, and slow-moving streams. When it feels the need to return to the water, the Northern Cricket Frog prefers shallow, sun-drenched ponds punctuated with a substantial growth of vegetation in and along the water. Link to Photos. Description: At 0.6 to 1.3 inches, the Northern Cricket Frogs are our smallest Tennessee frogs. Description: Northern cricket frogs are small, warty frogs ranging in size from 1.6 to 3.5 cm SVL with variable coloring and patterns.
Range and Habitat: Southern cricket frogs are most common in the Coastal Plain and are generally replaced by the Northern Cricket Frog (A. crepitans) in the Piedmont and Mountainous regions of the Southeast. They vary in color, ranging from greenish brown to red. The Northern Cricket Frog's range in New York has contracted significantly over the past century. The belly is white. Dozens of known populations have been extirpated, including all of those on Long Island and Staten Island, as well as several on protected State Parks in southeastern New York. The underside is light colored or white, their snout is rounded with narrow, vertical light lines and they have longitudinal dark stripes on the back of the thigh. It was photographed with a Canon EOS 10D and EF 180mm F/3.5 Macro and flash.
The Northern Cricket Frogs colouration varies widely and includes browns, greens and greys, often in irregular blotching patterns. Northern Cricket Frog Photo by Todd Pierson. Their dorsal (back) coloration includes grays, greens or browns and varies widely from very colorful to almost drab. The Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) is a species of small Hylid frog native to the United States and northeastern Mexico. They have rough skin and typically dark banding on the legs and a white bar from the eye to the base of the foreleg. The back may have a irregular green, yellow, orange, or brown stripe. Northern Cricket Frog is content to hop among the sedges and grasses at the water’s edge. Southern cricket frogs are found in the southeastern United States, from Virginia down to Florida and east to Louisiana.
A Northern Cricket Frog can jump up to 5 feet--or 50 times its body length. The northern cricket frog is not a protected species in Texas and can be legally collected with a hunting license. State Ranking Justification . 5/8-1 ½” (1.6-3.8cm). A small frog found near ponds, lakes and slow moving streams, the Northern Cricket Frog is widespread in Tennessee, occurring statewide except in the highest parts of the eastern mountains. Diurnal. The northern cricket frog does not begin to breed until midsummer. Call Description.
The northern cricket frog's color is quite variable: gray, tan, greenish tan, or brown.
Although it’s a member of the tree frog family, the southern cricket frog is a ground-dwelling species that’s found in areas with shallow bodies of freshwater. The Point Pelee population, known from a handful of historical records, was never well known and is believed to be extirpated.
There are three recognized subspecies. Description 10. Tadpoles metamorphose into adults five to 10 weeks after hatching, typically from August to early September. These tiny frogs are jewel-like and are marked in a wide variety of brilliant colors. The Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi) is a common resident of much of the Texas . Despite being members of the tree frog family, they are not arboreal. Northern cricket frogs are highly camouflaged. Ponds, creeks, wetlands, and even roadside ditches are suitable habitats. Vocal pouch on males is yellowish. Somewhat warty with dark stripe on rear surface of thigh.