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Species Description

Southern Cricket Frog

Acris gryllus

Species Image


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


The warty skin can be black, red-brown, or gray. There is a distinctive dark triangle between its eyes and a dark line on the back of its thigh. This tiny frog is 1.6 - 3.2 cm (5/8 - 1.25 in) long.

Life Cycle

The Southern Cricket Frog breeds year round in the warmer portions of its range, but breeding is rare during cold winter months. Females lay clumps of up to 150 eggs in shallow water. Tadpoles transform into frogs in late summer.


Southern Cricket Frog Region Map The Southern Cricket Frog is found throughout the Coastal Plain. Its range follows river valleys into the Piedmont.

Conservation Status

This frog is common throughout the Coastal Plain and is not threatened at present. It prefers sunny ponds, and reducing shade and allowing grassy growth around ponds will increase its habitat.

Similar Species

The Northern Cricket Frog has a ragged stripe on its thigh and has more webbing on its back feet. Check for the dark triangle on the head of the Southern Cricket Frog. Treefrogs of the Genus Hylahave discs; Cricket Frogs do not.