Blanchard's Cricket Frog
Acris blanchardi

Blanchard's Cricket Frog is one of the more common species in our area of Central Texas.  They are found almost anywhere there is permanent water.   Their clicks are one of the typical sounds of a central Texas summer night..
The taxonomy of this frog is currently under review.  It has been known as Acris crepitans, Acris blanchardi, and Acris crepitans blanchardi.

Cricket Frogs are very small frogs.   Adults are usually less than 1 inch in length.  


Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans)
Refugio County, Texas




These frogs have a large vocal sac that extends from the front of their thoat. 

Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans)
Real County, Texas


If their breeding calls are successful, they produce small brownish tadpoles.


Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) tadpoles
Real County, Texas

The call is a sharp clicking, sounding very much like two small stones or marbles being clicked together.  It generally starts slow and increases in speed as the frog gets "into" the calling process.  Here is a single individual from Atascosa County.




In the spectrogram for the preceding call, you can see the single, sharp clicks increasing in frequency as the frog gets going.


call of the Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans)


In the following short recording, you can hear a large group of Cricket Frogs calling from a flooded quarry in Fayette County, Texas.


In the spectrogram for this recording, the individual clicks become much harder to distinguish.


call of the Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans)


Here is a Blanchard's Cricket Frog calling from a creek edge in La Salle County, Texas.


video


© Chris Harrison 2012

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