- Small frog with long snout.
- Short hind legs with webbed toes.
- Dark bars on hind limbs.
- Characteristic backward-pointing pigmented triangle on top of head.
- Three subspecies in Texas, differentiated by dorsal coloration and shape of snout.
One of the smaller frog species in Texas, adult Acris crepitans grow to 1.25-3.5 cm (0.5-1.5 in) in length.
In North America, Acris crepitans has a broad range extending through most of the southern and midwestern U. S.
Acris crepitans is diurnal and active all year. This species can be seen basking in the sunlight, but when threatened, it will jump quickly away or into the water.
Breeding in Acris crepitans occurs over an extended period, lasting from February through late summer.
Acris crepitans prefers shallow ponds with vegetation and full sun or shallow gravel-lined creeks. Near the Gulf Coast, A. crepitans can be found in shallow pools of brackish water in close proximity to the sea.
The northern cricket frog is not a protected species in Texas and can be legally collected with a hunting license.
In Texas, Acris crepitans is found throughout most of the state, except the western Panhandle and extreme western Trans-Pecos.