Species At Risk

Blanchard’s Cricket Frog

(Acris blanchardi)

Extirpated (no longer found in Ontario)

Blanchard’s Cricket Frog
Blanchard’s Cricket Frog occurrences map

Description

The Blanchard’s Cricket Frog is a small, semi-aquatic frog with rough warty skin and a pointed snout. Adults rarely reach more than 38 millimetres in length. They are brown or grey and have a V-shaped mark between the eyes and a jagged dark stripe on their back legs. The Blanchard’s Cricket Frog’s call resembles the sound of two pebbles being clicked together.

Current Range

This subspecies has a widespread distribution in the United States ranging from Minnesota and Wisconsin, east to Illinois, Indiana, Michgan and Ohio, and south to Kentucky and West Virginia.

Historical Range in Ontario

In Canada, the Blanchard’s Cricket Frog was found only on Pelee Island and Point Pelee in southwestern Ontario.

Why It Disappeared from Ontario

The most significant factor which led to the decline and disappearance of Blanchard’s Cricket Frog is the loss of wetlands due to development. Habitat degradation was also a factor since this frog does not tolerate pollution. Runoff of pesticides and fertilizers is believed to have been a major contributor to the disappearance of this species.

Habitat

The Blanchard’s Cricket Frog prefers habitat around the edges of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams with dense aquatic vegetation and muddy shorelines. On Pelee Island, they have even been found in ditches, flooded fields and drainage canals used for agriculture. Blanchard’s Cricket Frogs hibernate away from the water under rocks or logs, or in holes and cracks in the shoreline.

Help Make Sure We Don’t Lose More Endangered Species in Ontario

  • The Ministry of Natural Resources tracks species at risk such as the Blanchard’s Cricket Frog. The Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas collects observations of all Ontario reptiles and amphibians. Submit your observations to either of these databases at nhic.mnr.gov.on.ca/species/species_report.cfm and www.ontarionature.org/atlas.
  • As with all wildlife, be respectful and observe from a distance. Please don’t try to catch wild frogs. Bug repellent and oils on human hands may damage the delicate skin of these little amphibians.
  • Every year frogs all over the province must cross busy roads. Road mortality is a serious threat for many of Ontario’s amphibians. Watch for frogs on the roads especially between April and June.
  • Report any illegal activity related to plants and wildlife to 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667).
  • Private land owners have an important role to play in species recovery. You may be eligible for stewardship programs that support the protection and recovery of species at risk and their habitats.
  • Volunteer with a local nature club or provincial park to participate in surveys or stewardship work focused on species at risk.
  • Visit the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas (www.ontarionature.org/atlas) or Toronto Zoo Adopt-a-Pond website (www.torontozoo.com/Adoptapond to learn more about Ontario’s rare snakes, their habitat and related conservation initiatives.

Did you know?

Blanchard’s Cricket Frogs are members of the tree frog family, however, they do not live in trees and are more highly aquatic than other North American tree frogs.

Did you know?

This species is an excellent swimmer and is capable of leaping up to almost two metres in a single jump to escape predators.

Did you know?

Frogs can take in oxygen through their skin. Their skin can also easily absorb pollutants and other toxins, which can cause serious harm or death.

Did you know?

Although populations of many plants and animals have been declining worldwide, amphibians are experiencing an especially dramatic decline. The loss of these sensitive creatures may act as a warning that our own environment is being dangerously altered and polluted.

Did you know?

In Greek, the word "amphibian” means “both + life” and refers to the water tadpole and the land adult stages of all amphibians. Frog tadpoles hatch from eggs laid in the water and transform into adult frogs (through a process called metamorphosis) by developing legs and lungs that allow it to move out of the water and onto land.


The Endangered Species Act


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