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 Post subject: Best Frogging Spots in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:02 am 
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Does anyone have some good frogging spots in Kruger?

Two of my favourite spots are the Punda Maria swimming pool, especially for toads and the Satara pond, next to the swimming pool where one can easily find Southern Foam Nest Frog and Painted Reed-Frog.

I will be in Croc Bridge and Skukuza this weekend. Any advice good spots at the two camps will be much appreciated.

I am in particular after Bushveld Rain Frog and Rubber Banded Frog.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Frogging Spots in Kruger
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Agge no man WTM! :doh:
First of all you got me running after birding spots and now frogging?? :roll:

My fishpond used to be a nice frogging spot (noisy little blighters) but I think the hamerkop had the best of them.
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 Post subject: Re: Best Frogging Spots in Kruger
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 Post subject: Re: Best Frogging Spots in Kruger
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The pond at the Papenfus clock tower in Skukuza is excellent for frogging.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Frogging Spots in Kruger
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Thanks gmlsmit, I will definitely check that spot out. :thumbs_up:

I am rather surprised that the pond at reception is not as productive. But perhaps my previous visits there was not at the best time of the year. So I will check out that spot as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Frogging Spots in Kruger
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Hi

I haven't done any good frogging in Kruger itself, but the area around Orpen, the road going to Orpen and the general area around Hoedspruit and Kampersrus area favourite frogging spots of mine.

Banded rubber frogs are easily located using their call, as it is very distinctive and they generally call from exposed positions near water (unlike Kassinas which are little devils to find, even when calling from close by).

Rain frogs are not dependant on water and you are probably better off looking for them on roads than near ponds. They are very common in the right areas, and if there has been rain they should be all over the place near Hoedspruit. We've also found them near Paul Kruger gate (outside the park), and around Nelspruit, so the general area where you are going should be good. Their call is a little bit like a mole cricket's, but shorter and generally not for long periods. I've never had luck finding rain frogs using their call, because they call from leaf litter and under debree so spotting them is extremely difficult!

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 Post subject: Re: Best Frogging Spots in Kruger
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Thanks BushSnake! Good tips there. :thumbs_up:

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When the northern parts of the park have experienced ALOT of rain and the Shingwedzi/Mopani area is water logged one can drive this length of road and literally be driven mad by Bubbling Kassina's. Sadly i have yet to see this species within the park and it is one of my targets...

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 Post subject: Re: Best Frogging Spots in Kruger
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One Christmas we found an entire pool "moving" at Olifantsbadpan to the south of Shingwedzi, just off the H1-6. Mating season I think.

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Any frogging spots in Lower Sabie camp maybe?


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