Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi)

Description: Tan to light brown back; belly is white. Three brown stripes (or rows of spots) down the back. White line along upper lip. Triangle between eyes.

Call: Insect-like trill, speeding up and rising in pitch toward the end; likened to the sound produced by running a thumb across teeth of a comb.

Habitat: Roadside ditches, marshes, and flooded areas.

Diet:: small flies, gnats, mosquitores, aquatic insects

Size: 2-3.8 cm (0.75-1.5 in)

Natural History: Chorus frogs are commonly heard, but seldom seen; they are extremely wary. Bottom area near ponds, wetlands. Hide in muddy water do not climb grasses. Jump into water if disturbed larvae have black tip on tails. Breed and call in late spring.

Similar species:

  1. Tiny frog with an all light lip, no dark marks on lip- compare with Blanchard's Cricket Frog.