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The Northern Cricket Frogs is North America's smallest vertebrate, ranging from 0.75 to 1.5 inches (19–38 mm) long. Their dorsal coloration varies widely, and includes greys, greens, browns, often in irregular blotching patterns. One NY biologist has identified 6 distinct colour morphs and 4 pattern morphs, and several intrergrades between these.(Westerveld,1977). Typically there is dark banding on the legs and a white bar from the eye to base of foreleg. The skin has a bumpy texture. It is very similar to the Southern Cricket Frog, Acris gryllus, found in the US Southeastern Coastal Plain, though there is some overlap along the fall line. The Southern Cricket Frog has longer legs, with less webbing on the hind feet, and a more pointed snout, although some NY biologists have observed Northern Cricket Frogs with snouts indistinguishable from those of the Southern species, and consider these to be two subspecies of one species (Westerveld, 1998). The line on the back of its thigh is typically more sharply defined than that of the Northern Cricket Frog (Conant et al. 1998, Martof et al. 1980). NY biologists have recorded Northern Cricket Frogs with extremely sharp posterior leg stripes.

The Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) is a species of small Hylid frog native to the United States and northeastern Mexico. Despite being members of the tree frog family, they are not arboreal. There are three recognized subspecies.

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