Blanchard’s Cricket Frog

Acris blanchardi
Harper, 1947
St. Louis Co., Missouri. April 3, 1973.

For many years, this little frog has been a part of the background during many of my trips, one of the ‘regular faunistic components’ that can be counted on to make an appearance. In the woods or by the water, blanchardi swim into focus as I am looking for other animals, giving me a moment’s pause to stop and admire these cosmopolitan frogs. Formerly considered to be a subspecies of Acris crepitans. The top picture shows a green variant I call the ‘Shawnee cricket frog’, as it shows up on occasion among more ‘normal’ cricket frogs in southern Illinois.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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