AMPHIBIANS OF THE METRO AREA
METROPOLITAN  NATURALIST
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The Northern Cricket Frog is a small frog, up to about an inch and a half from snout to tail. The
frog breeds in the spring, in April and May, and can be heard calling in large numbers in small
ponds and wet areas during the breeding season. The call is often described as sounding like
two pebbles tapped together, I think it sounds a lot like a cricket chirping.

The cricket frog's skin is warty, like the skin of a toad but not dry like a toad's skin. The
coloration and pattern is variable, as you can see in the pictures below. Even frogs found at the
same location vary widely in the amount of grey, brown, and green coloration.

Although the Cricket Frogs are in the Tree Frog family, Hylidae, they are not known to be
climbers and are found exclusively on the ground.
Northern Cricket Frog
Northern Cricket Frog
Northern Cricket Frog
Northern Cricket Frog
Northern Cricket Frog
Northern Cricket Frog