Southern Cricket Frog
Acris gryllus gryllus

Southern Cricket Frog

Disribution: In Florida, the Southern Cricket Frog only occurs in the far northwestern panhandle (the nothern parts of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Holmes Counties).

Habitat: It can be found in freshwater environments such as temporary puddles, marshes, lakes, streams and roadside ditches.

Size: Adults are about 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches in length.

Color: This frog varies in color from dark brown to tan or green.

Description: Cricket Frogs are easily identifiable by a triangular mark just behind the head and between the eyes. A distinct stripe is often, but not always, present along its spine. There are three types of Cricket Frogs in Florida: Northern Cricket Frog, Southern Cricket Frog, and Florida Cricket Frog. The Florida Cricket Frog has two dark stripes on the rear hidden surface of its thigh and does not have anal warts (whereas the Northern Cricket Frog has a single jagged dark stripe between two white stripes on the back of its thigh and does have tiny anal warts and the Southern Cricket Frog has a single smooth cut dark stripe between two white stripes on the back of its thigh and does have tiny anal warts).

Cricket frogs have webbed toes, unlike chorus frogs, do not have enlarged toe pads, like tree frogs, and do not have enlarged glands behind the head, like small toads.

Dark stripes on rear of thigh
Anal Warts
1 jagged
1 smooth

Reproduction: Many small clusters of eggs are attached to submerged plants.

Call: The call of the Florida Cricket Frog is a rapid "click-click-click", similar to the sound of two glass marbles being knocked against each other.

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Development of these pages was a cooperative effort. Photos were supplied by Barry Mansell Photos and calls were provided by Paul Moler, state herpetologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.