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AMPHIBIANS

NORTHERN CRICKET FROGS

Acris crepitans

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Small, warty brown, gray/green frog with brown to orange stripe down its back and triangle on its head, no toe pads
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Southern chorus frog
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Stable
  • DIET: Mostly mosquitoes; also eat crickets, water bugs, other arthropods
  • HABITAT: Sunny edge of slow moving streams, marshes, marshy ponds
  • BREEDING: Spring - Summer, 10-15 eggs laid on the water surface, attached to plants
  • BEHAVIOR: Active hunters most of the year except when water freezes
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Using the moon for navigation
  • THREATS: Fish, salamanders, snakes, turtles, wading birds
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Year round if water isn't frozen