Acris blanchardi — Blanchard’s Cricket Frog
These little frogs have a great camouflage in the leaf litter. I typically wouldn't see them until they jumped, and even then it was often hard to rediscover the same individual post-jump.
This species has quite a lot of variation in color and pattern. This one was particularly yellowish and uniform in color.
Another state, another population of cricket frogs.
A number of small creeks crossed our trail, and at each crossing I would look for frogs and garter snakes and any other interesting little hydrophilic creatures. I would typically see one or two of these small frogs just as it leapt into the water and out of photographic reach. Eventually I managed to trick one into jumping away from the water so I could get a photo.
This is what they look like in Jackson County. Hmm, remarkably similar to all the others.
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