Colloquial (Common) Names: Natalse boompadda (Afrikaans)

Taxonomy: Class: Amphibia; Order: Anura (Salientia); Family: Arthroleptidae. Previously placed in the family Hyperoliidae, with reed frogs and kassinas.

Identification: A medium-sized tree frog usually lemon green to yellowish-brown in colour with scattered darker green reticulations or patches.

Size: Adults up to 65mm.

Distribution: From Manubi in the Eastern Cape along the KwaZulu-Natal coast to just north of Sodwana. May extend further north into Mozambique, but not yet confirmed.

Habitat: Indian Ocean Coastal Belt and Savanna Biomes where they inhabit trees.

Activity & Behaviour: Nocturnal; live and hunt in trees and shrubs. During the day they shelter in cavities or on the surface of large leaves. Males call at night from high up positions, but may descend lower down during rainy weather.

Diet & Feeding: Variety of insect prey.

Reproduction: Females lay up to 200 light-yellow eggs in a cavity excavated near the water’s edge.

Conservation Status: Least Concern.

References and Recommended Further Reading:

  • du Preez, L. & V. Carruthers. 2009. A Complete Guide to the Frogs of Southern Africa. Struik Nature.

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