Scientific Name Common Name Global Rank State Rank Federal Status WI Status Animal Group

Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi)








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Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi), listed as Endangered in Wisconsin, prefers ponds, lakes, and a variety of habitats along and adjacent to streams and rivers including marshes, fens, sedge meadows, low prairies, and exposed mud flats. This species may breed in no or low-flow areas of streams and rivers but primarily breeds in adjacent ponds, lakes, and wetlands. Cricket frogs cannot tolerate prolonged exposures to freezing or submersion during the winter, therefore seek a variety of microhabitats that provide suitable overwintering conditions, including crayfish burrows, small mammal burrows, rotted-out root channels, seepage areas where groundwater flow prevents freezing at the surface or spaces created by sloughing stream banks. Cricket frogs are active from early-March through November. Breeding can occur from mid-May through mid-August, with some larvae not transforming until late-September. See the species guidance document for avoidance measures and management guidance from the Natural Heritage Conservation Program.


Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) are associated with habitats (or natural communities) and places on the landscape. Understanding relationships among SGCN, natural communities and ecological landscapes help us make decisions about issues affecting SGCN and their habitat and how to respond. Download the Wildlife Action Plan association score spreadsheet to explore rare species, natural communities and ecological landscape associations

Conservation actions respond to issues or threats, which adversely affect species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) or their habitats. Besides actions such as restoring wetlands or planting resilient tree species in northern communities, research, surveys and monitoring are also among conservation actions described in the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan because lack of information can threaten our ability to successfully preserve and care for natural resources.