New York Natural Heritage Program
Northern Cricket Frog
Acris crepitans Baird, 1854

Habitat [-]
This species inhabits the edges of sunny marshes, marshy ponds, impoundments, beaver wetland complexes, farm ponds and small slow-moving streams in open country; deep water is typically avoided. In New York, A. crepitans is a habitat specialist inhabiting only a few wetlands with floating mats of mosses, water lilies and other aquatic plants giving the appearance of sparsely vegetated mud flats (Gibbs et al. 2007). Reproductive success appears to be greatest in eutrophic ponds. Many of the inhabited ponds and lakes have recently been altered by Beaver activity with unknown consequences for cricket frog habitat suitability. Adults may periodically range into adjacent uplands in some regions.

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Bog lake
    The aquatic community of a lake that typically occurs in a small, shallow basin (e.g., a kettehole) that is protected from wind and is poorly drained. These lakes occur in areas with non-calcareous bedrock or glacial till; many are fringed or surrounded by a floating mat of vegetation.
  • Cultural eutrophic lake
    The aquatic community of a formerly eutrophic to mesotrophic lake that has received an increase in nutrients (especially phosphorus and nitrogen) from sewage effluent, agricultural runoff, and other pollutants.
  • Eutrophic pond
    The aquatic community of a small, shallow, nutrient-rich pond. The water is usually green with algae, and the bottom is mucky. Eutrophic ponds are too shallow to remain stratified throughout the summer; they are winter-stratified, monomictic ponds.

Associated Species [-]
  • Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
  • Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
  • Green Frog (Rana clamitans)
  • Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris)