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Re: Batmads Frog Course

Unread postby Batmad » Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:02 pm

Banded Rubber frog


50-60cm in length.

above-vlack with red blotches strtching down the back.

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call- i cant describe it :redface:
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Re: Batmads Frog Course

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:06 am

The texture of this frog is why it is called a rubber frog!
The skin being smooth and shiny.
Bandeds are coloured strikingly with a black dorsom and red bands running from snout over to the eyelids to the rear body.
The limbs are beautifully spotted in red.
Bandeds have a slightly robust body and their tips of the fingers expand all the way to the truncate disk.
Other characteristics also include the short legs and the toes with no webbing.

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Re: Batmads Frog Course

Unread postby Pilane » Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:39 pm

Batmad wrote:call- i cant describe it :redface:


Call is easy.... A loud trill maintained for several seconds

Catching frogs are not recomended without a permit......

they also secrete a slipery liquid that enables them to escape from you grasp.


The reason they have this excretion is to protect themself as it has strong antibioctic properties. by catching an handeling them you are actually doing the frog harm by removing this layer of protection...
also remember that Skin secretions from mucous and granular glands of some Bufo toads, the Red Toad (Schismaderma carens) and the Red-banded Frog (Phrynomerus bifasciatus) have poisonous properties.
Wont kill you though....

HANDLING TOADS DOES NOT INDUCE WARTS, however in the interest of conservation it is a good idea to wash ones hands between handeling because African frogs carry an endemic fungus which is a
major threat to global amphibians.
Anybody know what the name of this fungus is... :twisted:

Also XENOPUS is not a :naughty: family but a Genus! Xenopus belongs to the Pipidae family

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Is this even a frog?

Unread postby annapangolin » Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:34 pm

Reptiles are my specialty, so i'm embarassed to ask this, but amphibians really throw me.

Photo taken in Pilanesburg in February. Saw several of these. They were walking awkwardly on all fours (not hopping like a frog). Unfortunately I don't have a face shot.

Saw a similar creature in the Karoo NP a couple of weeks ago, without the wild colouring. I've tried looking this up, but i'm stumped!

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Re: Is this even a frog?

Unread postby bishop3006 » Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:42 pm

Moose,

I don't know a lot, but this almost looks like a (red-) banded rubber frog, the orange variation? Banded rubber frog.

And from this site:

The body is carried high on its slender limbs when moving, which is generally by walking, or occasionally running, but not hopping.


This seems to explain the walking behaviour you describe.
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Re: Is this even a frog?

Unread postby annapangolin » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:03 am

Thanks so much! I bet you're right. It was so weird to see a frog walking and not bouncing. They don't look like they're meant to walk...

Do these rubber forgs come in 'dull' variations too? The one I saw walking in the Karoo was brownish...

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Re: Is this even a frog?

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:34 pm

:thumbs_up: Banded rubber frog! :thumbs_up:

The Banded rubber frog has this typical coloration, but there are a few other species of frog that also do not hop, or at least do walk at times.

The Bubbling Kassina, another beautiful frog, is another example. It is called "the walking frog" and can run quite fast.
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Re: Is this even a frog?

Unread postby annapangolin » Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:47 pm

Thanks to all. That's so fascinating! Had no idea that some frogs liked to walk. That information just blows away everything we learn about frogs in kindergarden :P I hope I see another one sometime soon.

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Frog: Banded Rubber

Unread postby Pedroinspain » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:29 pm

I know almost zero about frogs and after trying to ID this little fellow via internet sources I came up empty. We were on the Timbavati road near Orpen in the KNP on 29th November with the rain bucketing down when it splashed across the road in from of us.
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Any help with an ID?

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Re: Frog ID assistance please

Unread postby ILove Africa » Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:05 pm

Accoeding to "The Wildlife of Southern Africa" its a banded rubber frog (Phrynomantis bifasciatus)

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Re: Frog ID assistance please

Unread postby Pedroinspain » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:35 pm

My sincere thanks for the help.
It enabled me to look up more details on this frog, where I found that it was rarely seen; obviously a plus-point for the recent rainy deluge.

Red-banded rubber frog ... presumably some yellowish colour variants are viable.

Once again many thanks for the prompt and informative response.


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