Today is the second post in the series of frogs native to the US. I have decided to raise some awareness of some awesome species that the US has due to the overwhelming amount of frogs from other countries that I have been featuring lately.
Part 1 was on American Toads! Check it out here! Today’s post we will see the Cricket Frogs. They are called the cricket frog because their call sounds like a cricket!
A. crepitans – Northern Cricket Frog
Description- The Northern Cricket Frog coloring will vary from grey to greens to browns. However, typically there is a dark banding on the legs and a white bar from the eye to the base of the foreleg.
These frogs prefer the edges of slow-moving permanent bodies of water, including but not limited to muddy banks of shallow streams. The northern cricket frog is weird because it does not have any toe pads, although they have very long legs and can jump more than 3′ in a single jump.(1) (2) (3)
A. gryllus – Southern Cricket Frog
Description- The Southern Cricket Frog’s coloring varies from brown, red, green or grey, but all have a bright stripe of color running from the tip of the snout and down their backs, broken by a triangle pattern between the eyes. This frog can jump over 60 times its body length when jumping upward! This helps them avoid predators.
Have you seen any of these cricket frogs where you live? Leave a comment & where you live if you have!