Wisconsin Sea Grant Frogs: Field Guide
Blanchards Cricket Frog
Call: A low-pitched, snore-like croak
Size: 4.4-8.7 cm in length (1.7-3.4 inches)
Light brown, tan, gray or olive, with squarish brown spots, often outlined
in black and arranged in two parallel rows on the back; bright yellow
or bright orange color is present on the groin and under the hind legs;
whitish belly and throat.
Found in ponds, streams, springs and lake coves where there is cool, clear
water and grassy stream banks; uncommon to rare throughout the Great Lakes
region; absent from parts of northern Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ontario,
Northern Leopard Frogs have light-bordered, rounded or oval spots and
lack the bright orange or yellow color on the groin area.
Breeding: April to May
FACT: This frog protects itself by producing bad-tasting skin
secretions that are possibly toxic to
many predators. Usually snakes like to eat frogs, but many snakes seem
to avoid Pickerel Frogs. Dogs also seem to steer clear of this frog.
However, the Pickerel Frog doesn't repel all predators -- this frog got
its name because it was often used as bait by anglers fishing for pickerel
-- a predatory fish.
Did you know?
While all frogs are affected by pollution, the medium-sized
Pickerel Frog is particularly sensitive to it.
In fact, you'll find this frog only in relatively unspoiled
habitat with cool, clear water. Human
activities have reduced or spoiled this sort of habitat in many areas
around the Great Lakes, and as a result, the Pickerel Frog is fairly uncommon
in the region.
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of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute