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Southern Cricket Frog, Acris gryllus

The Southern Cricket Frog (Acris gryllus) is a small Hylid frog that is native to the Southeastern United States. It’s very similar in appearance and habits to the Northern Cricket Frog, Acris crepitans, and was previously conspecific. The scientific name Acris is from the Greek word for locust, and the species name gryllus is Latin for cricket.

The Southern Cricket Frog is approximately 0.75 to 1.5 inches. It has a pointed snout. The hind leg is more than half of the body length when folded and it can jump long distances. It has a sharply defined black stripe on the back of the thigh and webbing on the rear feet is sparse.

It is a characteristic of coastal plain bogs, bottomland swamps, ditches and ponds. It has a preference for sunny areas, and is usually not found in woodlands.

It feeds on insects, spiders an other arthropods.

Breeding is late in the spring and summer and up to 150 eggs are laid at a time. More than one mass may be created in one season.

Image Caption: Cricket frog. Credit: Stephen Friedt/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Southern Cricket Frog Acris gryllus