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Species Description

Northern Cricket Frog

Acris crepitans


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Classification

Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae

Description

Usually brown or grey with green mottling, but may vary to reddish, orange, or black. Almost always with a dark triangle on the head, with its base between the eyes and its tip pointing back along the spine. Another consistent feature is a ragged, dark stripe running along the back of the thigh from the rump to the knee. You must catch the frog and straighten its leg to see this stripe. This is a small 1.6 - 3.8 cm (5/8 - 1.5 in) frog. The male is much smaller than the female.

Life Cycle

This frog breeds from early spring through mid-summer, March to July. Tadpoles transform into adults by late summer.

Range

Northern Cricket Frog Region Map This frog is common north of the Fall Line, but also occurs in parts of the Coastal Plain.

Conservation Status

This frog is common in Georgia. It is listed as being Of Special Concern in South Carolina because populations along that coast are small and isolated.

Similar Species

The Northern Cricket Frog and Southern Cricket Frog overlap in central Georgia. The Northern Cricket Frog has more webbing on the back feet, and the stripe on its thigh is ragged. The Southern Cricket Frog has a clean - edged stripe on its thigh. Some Chorus Frogs, such as the Mountain Chorus Frog , may have a dark triangle between the eyes, but very little webbing on the back feet. The Mountain Chorus Frog also has discs on the toes to help it climb, and it lacks the thigh stripe. Most frogs of the Genus Rana are much too large to mistake for a Cricket Frog.