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Northern Cricket Frog

Similar Animals:
 Southern Cricket Frog

Northern Cricket Frog
Photographer: Patrick Coin

Northern Cricket Frog Range Map (East & South USA)
Northern Cricket Frog Range Map
(East & South USA)

Latin Name Acris crepitans
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location East & South USA
Colour Brown/Green/Grey
Length 1.5 - 4 cms (0.5 - 1.5 inches)

Mostly Terrestrial

Breeding Season


Main Characteristics

The Northern Cricket Frogs colouration varies widely and includes browns, greens and greys, often in irregular blotching patterns. They have rough skin and typically dark banding on the legs and a white bar from the eye to the base of the foreleg.

They are small frogs being only 1.5 - 4 cms (0.5 - 1.5 inches) in length and are mainly active during the day. They have powerful hind limbs which enable them to jump large distances and they are excellent swimmers.


They are found in East and South USA among vegetation near swamps, streams, lakes and ponds. They prefer slow moving, permanent bodies of water and they can often be found in large groups on the muddy banks of streams.


The diet of a Northern Cricket Frog consists of small insects, including mosquitos.


During Spring time large numbers converge in ponds to breed. The males will attract females with a call that sounds like a series of metallic clicks, not dissimilar to a cricket, hence its name.

Eggs are laid one at a time and they are either attached to vegetation or scattered along the bottom of the water. The 1.3 cm (0.5 inch) tadpole hatches after a few days and they undergo metamorphosis in early Autumn.


Their predators include birds, fish and other frogs.

Interesting Facts

Northern Cricket Frogs can leap more than 3 feet in a single jump.


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