Eastern Cricket Frog Acris crepitans (Baird, 1854) crepitans  Synonyms: Northern Cricket Frog.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Amphibia   >   Order Anura   >   Family Hylidae   >   Genus Acris   

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Eastern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans crepitans) is the smallest species of frog in Maryland, and in fact, one of the smallest vertebrates in North America. This tiny, warty treefrog species is relatively short-legged, lacks enlarged toe pads, and doesn't climb. This frog favors sunny, shallow areas of permanent water bodies, including slow sections of running water. The specific epithet crepitans, Latin for crackling, refers to its call, which sounds rather like a spray paint can being shaken, or two small stones being repeatedly struck together. The call tends to accelerate as it progresses, and continues for 20-30 clicks or more (Conant & Collins, 1998). In Maryland, this frog is found through much of the state, except the western edge (Maryland DNR site).

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Calling in Caroline Co., Maryland (6/27/2010). - Bill Hubick.

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An Eastern Cricket Frog in Calvert Co., Maryland (8/29/2018). Photo by Ben Springer. (MBP list)

An Eastern Cricket Frog in Calvert Co., Maryland (5/25/2016). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

An Eastern Cricket Frog found in Caroline Co., Maryland (10/10/2009). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

An Eastern Cricket Frog in Charles Co., Maryland (4/14/2019). Photo by Jim Moore. (MBP list)

An Eastern Cricket Frog in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/7/2018). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

An Eastern Cricket Frog in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/5/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

An Eastern Cricket Frog in Harford Co., Maryland (4/14/2018). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

An Eastern Cricket Frog in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/7/2018). Photo by Steve Scholnick. (MBP list)

An Eastern Cricket Frog in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/17/2014). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)


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