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Northern Cricket Frog

Acris crepitans


Cricket frogs are small frogs with very long legs, pointed snouts and rough, warty skin. They vary in color, ranging from greenish brown to red. They often have a dark triangle present between the eyes and a Y-shaped stripe on their backs. Two species — the northern cricket frog (Acris crepitans) and the southern cricket frog (Acris gryllus) — are found in North Carolina. They are very similar in appearance. However, northern cricket frogs have more extensive webbing on the toes of their hind feet and a ragged dark stripe on the back of each thigh. The thigh stripes of southern cricket frogs are usually more clean-cut. The legs of southern cricket frogs are slightly longer than those of northern cricket frogs.

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North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Mar 18, 2012
Submitted on May 22, 2013

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