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Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans)

photo by Todd Pierson

Common Name: Northern Cricket Frog
Scientific Name: Acris crepitans
Family: Hylidae – Tree Frog family
Location: United States – New York, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky
Size: 1.3 inches or 3.5 cm

While the Northern Cricket Frog is a member of the tree frog, it doesn’t live in the trees. It spends its time around the pond and marshes that they breed in. Their call sounds like clicking of some pebbles. Breeding is from March to July depending on localities.

The Northern Cricket Frog and the Blanchard Cricket Frog (Acis blanchardi) were once considered the same species with the Blanchard Cricket Frog being a subspecies. They were moved to different species due to molecular testing. The Coastal Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans paludicola) is still a subspecies of the Northern Cricket Frog.

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