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Southern Cricket Frog

Acris gryllus

 

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Acris_gryllus_adult - click to enlarge

HABITAT

A habitat generalist found in almost every aquatic habitat including ponds, lakes, bogs, marshes, swamps and rivers. 

BREEDING SEASON

Year round, peaks in Summer, April-September

SIMILAR TADPOLES

Small ranid tadpoles

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Acris_gryllus_tadpole - click to enlarge

APPEARANCE

Although it is a hylid, this tadpole looks remarkably like a ranid.

Head

Dorsal eyes.

Body

Acris gryllus tadpoles are light olive to dark beige with a pinkish belly.

Tail

The tail is long with a low arch and a row of dark spots along the dorsal tail muscle.  The tail often has a dark "ink stained" tip. Although this is good identifying feature, it is not uncommon for the tail tip to lack this distinct coloration.

APPROXIMATE MAXIMUM SIZE

Medium:  1.5 inches, 38mm.

Acris_gryllus_tadpole_length

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