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Kentucky Color: Northern Cricket Frog

By Billy Joe Fudge

While exploring the Homeplace on Green River Cave Spring Ecosystem recently, I ran upon this little, inch and half long, ground-lubber tree frog. That's right, a tree frog that doesn't climb trees!

They eat flies, scales, mosquitoes, ants, spiders, etc. and like living near streams that run all year long and never freeze. This one is about a hundred feet from the mouth of the cave and the water should remain in the mid to upper 50's winter and summer. If you threaten them they will seek to slide under the leaves or can jump as much at 3 feet toward the water or into the water to escape.

If you are quietly hiking or exploring The Great Wooded South, be sure to take your time so you can look and listen to the world around you.

The KY Department of Fish and Wildlife has more information on the Northern Cricket Frog. On their page you can listen to the calls of the Northern Cricket Frog, and listen to the Salato Exhibit Narration about them.

This story was posted on 2023-02-07 19:07:09
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Kentucky Color: Northern Cricket Frog

2023-02-07 - Taylor Co., KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
While exploring the Homeplace on Green River Cave Spring Ecosystem recently, Billy Joe happened upon this tiny frog about a hundred feet from the mouth of the cave.

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