Have you ever heard crickets in the springtime? You may think so but what you were probably hearing was really American toads. American toads are common in the eastern United States and Canada. In the spring males look for a mate. They call out to receptive females by expanding the pouch on the underside of their throat called a dewlap. The mating call sounds similar to the sound of crickets. The easy way to distinguish between the two is that frogs and toads croak in the spring while crickets sing in the fall. So the next time that you think you are hearing crickets in the spring look around the water and you might see a toad like the one above.