Cricket Frog calling
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|This is a calling male Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi).|
These diminuitive Hylid frogs are widespread throughout the eastern 2/3 of the United States whereever there is open water. They can often be found in city ponds or even in small backyard ponds.
The southeastern corner of the US is occupied by the almost identical Southern Cricket Frog (Acris gryllus).
Adults males are usually less than 2cm long while females can get up to around 3cm in length.
Their calls are commonly heard during warm nights in the spring and summer along waterways. The call sounds like two stones or marbles being clicked together repeatedly 2-3 times per second. Many people attribute the sound to some sort of insect due to the clicking nature of the call and the small size of the adults (most people don't see the adults calling or when they see them, they assume they are "baby" frogs). Generally, a person's introduction to the Cricket Frogs comes as the little frogs jump from the edge of the water when approached. They do not call/scream/cry as the jump into the water like the larger Ranid frogs.
Acris crepitans is highly variable in color. They are generally some shade of brown with darker striping. The stripes can be brown, gray, bright green, or even orange. There is usually an inverted triangular spot between the eyes that points back towards the tail end that can help identify these variable frogs. Some Cricket Frogs from western populations are a plain brown. These solid tan frogs can have an almost "warty" appearance.
Shot at night in the wild using a Konica Minolta 3600HS-D flash and a Stofen Omni-bounce diffuser.
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- [2005-10-12 14:47]
Strange that you have not received any points, i like the picture, because of the pose and the blown up neck.. Exposure and sharpness are real good aswell!
- [2005-10-12 16:11]
Nice job Chris. This picture is great, the sharpness is good and everything elsees.
- [2005-10-13 2:43]
Good timing, Chris. Great capture of this frog with his pouch all blown up. Sharp details and great POV. Well done and TFS. : )
- [2005-10-13 4:33]
Very good shot of this interesting frog. I like brown colours and details, compoosition is also very good. Great moment with 'baloon' under its throat.
Thanks for visiting and proper ID my 'brass section'!
What a frog, very cute!!!
Nice shot, perfect DOF, TFS.
great pic, TFS Ori