Herpetofauna: One Life's List

Acris crepitans blanchardi
Blanchard's Cricket Frog

St. Louis Co., Missouri
Spring 1973

For many years, this little frog has been a part of the background during many of my trips, one of the 'regular faunistic components' that can be counted on to make an appearance.  In the woods or by the water, blanchardi swim into focus as I am looking for other animals, giving me a moment's pause to stop and admire these cosmopolitan frogs.

The top one pictured here is a rare 'greenie', found floating in a temporary pool in a parking lot in southern Illinois.  Floating there with him were strings of eggs from other Cricket Frogs, come and gone already.

There's more to me to say about Cricket Frogs in the journal Cricket Frog Variations, found in Notes From The Field.









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