The Northern Cricket Frog is a small frog that is found in the Northern and Southern parts of the United States and in the Piedmont, Mountains, Southern and Coastal Plains.
The Northern Cricket Frog is around 3.5 centimeters and they can be grey, green or brown. They have orange stripes that are located down the center of their back and a marking on top of their head that looks like a triangle.
Even though there are a variety of species of the Cricket Frog, they can be told apart by the call that they make to their mates.
All the species of the Cricket Frog have a dark stripe that is on their thigh.
The Northern Cricket Frog is mostly found around the Piedmont and Mountain regions in the Southeast. They like to live where there are ponds, shallow bodies of water, slow moving streams and areas that are full of plant life and vegetation.
The Northern Cricket Frog does not climb high in trees are considered to be bad climbers. They will mostly be found down low hiding in high grasses or logs.
The Northern Cricket Frog will look for a mate by making a sound that sounds like marbles being clacked together. They will attack other males to fight over a female frog.
The Northern Cricket Frog is diurnal which means that it is most active during the daytime. It is also active year around except in the winter when the water is frozen.
The Northern Cricket Frog will stay in groups along banks by the waters but will move upland when the winter comes to hibernate.
The Northern Cricket Frog eats small insects such as mosquitos, ants and worms.
The Northern Cricket Frog has many predators including birds, other frogs, fish and small animals like raccoons.
The one thing that is special about the Northern Cricket Frog is that it can jump very high, even up to 3 feet in one jump. They are also great at swimming.
The Northern Cricket Frog will look for a mate between May and July. They will do a high pitched, short call that sounds like marbles clacking.
The female Northern Cricket Frog will only lay one egg at a time and it will usually not be in the water but in the grass or other vegetation.
The tadpole will hatch in a few days and will go through metamorphosis in the fall. Metamorphosis means that their body will change.
There are three different subspecies of the Northern Cricket Frog and these include the Blanchard’s Cricket Frog, the Eastern Cricket Frog and the Coastal Cricket Frog.