Acris crepitans
Northern Cricket Frog

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Other Names: Blanchard's Cricket Frog
Subspecies: Eastern Cricket Frog Acris crepitans crepitans
Description: Small frog with long snout. Short hind legs with webbed toes. Dark bars on hind limbs. Characteristic backward-pointing pigmented triangle on top of head. Acris crepitans grows to 1.25-3.5 cm (0.5-1.5 in) in length.
Similar Species: It can easily be distinguished from most New Mexico anurans by its small adult size, longitudinal dark stripe on the rear surface of the thigh, long legs with fully webbed toes with small, poorly developed toe tips and the dark triangle between the eyes.
Habitat: Acris crepitans prefers shallow ponds with vegetation and full sun or shallow gravel-lined creeks.
Behavior: Acris crepitans is diurnal and active all year. This species can be seen basking in the sunlight, but when threatened, it will jump quickly away or into the water.
Reproduction: Breeding in Acris crepitans occurs over an extended period, lasting from February through late summer.
Diet: Eats a wide variety of small terrestrial invertebrates captured near the water's edge.