Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi) - Ohio Herp Atlas

Blanchard's Cricket Frog Acris blanchardi - Special Concern

Length 5/8 - 1 1/2 in. (1-4 cm.) Blanchard's Cricket Frogs are generally restricted to the western two-thirds of Ohio where they inhabit the shores of sparsely vegetated permanent ponds and streams. Although similar in size to its close relative the Chorus Frog, the Cricket Frog has warty rather than smooth skin and a dark triangle between the eyes. Because its color is influenced by its surroundings, there tends to be much variation in color and pattern. It tends to get lighter in color in a bright light, high temperature, or a dry atmosphere. Some have a bright green or brick red stripe on their back. Unlike most other members of the treefrog family, which have broad rounded toe disks, Cricket Frogs’ toe disks are no wider than the width of the tips of their toes. Cricket Frogs become active in very early spring, but do not begin their courtship serenade until late spring or early summer. Their call consists of a series of sharp clicking notes similar to the sound of someone tapping two marbles together in rapid succession.

Text courtesy of the Ohio Division of Wildlife:

Distribution Map
Distribution of the Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi)
Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi)
Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi)