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Guide to Louisiana Amphibians

Northern cricket frog (Acris crepitans)

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  Image of Northern cricket frog (Acris crepitans)
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  Range Map for Northern cricket frog (Acris crepitans)
  Range map source: USGS National Amphibian Atlas, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Small hylid frog reaching up to 1.38 inches in snout-vent length. Very similar to A. gryllus, although head is blunter. Skin is granular with two light-colored anal warts. Toes are extensively webbed, and toe discs are only slightly larger than toes. Webbing reaches to between the last 2 joints of the longest toe. When rotated forward, the hind heel reaches the end of the snout. Hind leg is shorter than that of A. gryllus. Dorsum is gray to green to rust in coloration and is marked with long, dark spots. A conspicuous dark orange, yellow, or green mid-dorsal stripe is present on some individuals. A dark triangle or v-shaped spot is generally present between eyes, and snout is marked with many vertical bars ranging from darker to lighter shades of brown. A long, dark stripe is present on back of thigh. Venter is white. Males have a single vocal pouch under chin. Inhabits freshwater lake and stream margins and is always found on the ground near water. Preys upon small arthropods, crustaceans, worms, snails, and other invertebrates. Sings a quickly repeated “gick” throughout the year. Call resembles the sound made when striking two pebbles together. Breeds March to September. Females lay up to 250 eggs. Eggs are attached individually or in small masses to grass blades or are dropped into water and settle at the bottom. Species occurs throughout the State.

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