Southern Cricket Frogs - Acris gryllus
- Diagnostic Features:
- Size: 0.5 to 1.5 inches (16 to 32 mm)
- Gray-brown, with black, green, or yellow, very
- Small frog with long snout,
- Characteristic triangle on top of the head pointing
- Long hind legs when brought forward, heal of leg
usually reach past snout
- Less webbed toes, 1st toe partially free of
webbing, 3 joints of 4th (longest) toe free of webbing.
- More slender than Northern Cricket Frog,
the snout is more pointed, the legs longer with less webbing between
the toes, and the stripe on the back of the thigh is well defined.
- Subspecies Differentiation:
- Southern Cricket Frog - Acris gryllus gryllus:
- Dark, clean cut stripe between two white
stripes on back of thigh
- Tiny Anal warts present
- Florida Cricket Frog - Acris gryllus dorsalis:
- Two dark stripes on rear of thigh.
- No anal warts
- Natural History:
- Prefer shallow ponds with vegetation and full sun.
- These frogs are diurnal and active all year. They
can be seen basking in the sunlight. When threatened, they will jump
quickly away or into the water. A better jumper than the Northern Cricket Frog
- February through October
- Calls day and night
- About 150 eggs are laid at a time, and more than
one complement may be produced each year
- Voice: Sonogram
( Ben Hill, Polk, & Echols Counties )
- Raspy Gick-gick-gick-gick...
- Repetitive call, similar to that made by clicking small
stones together with a glancing blow.
- Speed of call begins at about one per second, and does
not speed up, sounds much the same in chorus.
- Similar to the Northern
Cricket Frog, like that species has a distinctive black tip
- Transformed size about 14mm
- LTRF 2/2; narrow midventral gap in marginal papillae
absent; eyes dorsal
- spiracular tube long, projects as tube free from body
wall; chest without dark band; summer breeder in usually permanent
lentic sites in Coastal Plain from southeastern Virginia to Mississippi
- Range: Southern Cricket Frog
- In North America, this species occurs from Virginia to
Georgia to Louisiana, primarily in the coastal plain. The Florida
subspecies continues the range into all of Florida.
- In Georgia, they are more common in the area below the
fall line, but are found in some northern counties.
- In Light
Blue: Williamson, Gerald K. & Moulis,
Robert A., Distribution of Amphibians and Reptiles in Georgia, Special
Publication No. 3, Savannah Science Museum, Inc. Savannah, Georgia,
1994. Museum specimens
- In Pale Blue:
Williamson, Gerald K. & Moulis, Robert A., Distribution of
Amphibians and Reptiles in Georgia, Special Publication No. 3, Savannah
Science Museum, Inc. Savannah, Georgia, 1994 . Literature only, no
- In Green:
- In Yellow:
From Both '94 study and Sound Recordings
- In Magenta:
Photograph, not found by '94, may or may not be sound record
- In Medium
Blue: Photograph and in '94 study, may or may
not be sound record
- In Orange:
County Record by other Herp Atlas Volunteers
- In Red:
US Distribution from various sources
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