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

New York State Distribution [-]
The range of cricket frogs in New York is currently confined to the southeastern portion of the state in Orange, Ulster, and Dutchess counties. There are also unconfirmed reports from Westchester County. It formerly occured on both Long Island and Staten Island, but was extirpated from these heavily urbanized areas by the 1970s (Gibbs et al. 2007). New York populations are at the northeastern extent of the species' range.

Global Distribution [-]
This species (comprising three recognized subspecies: A. c. crepitans [Eastern], A. c. blanchardii [Blanchard's], and A. c. paludicola [Coastal]) is known from southeastern New York, the southern Great Lakes region, and southern South Dakota to southeastern New Mexico, southern Texas and adjacent Mexico, and the Gulf Coast east to northwestern Florida. Isolated populations occur on the Coastal Plain of South Carolina. It is largely absent from the higher elevations of the central Appalachians in southwestern Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In Canada, the species has been recently extirpated from its only known locale on Pelee Island in extreme southwestern Ontario (Gray et al. 2005). Northern Cricket Frogs are becoming extirpated in a number of the northernmost peripheral areas (e.g., Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois), while populations appear to remain stable in the central and southern portions of the range.
Best Places to See
• Sterling Forest (Orange County)