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 Post subject: Is this even a frog?
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:34 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Is this even a frog?
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Sorry, don't know Moose, but would also like to find out. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Is this even a frog?
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 Post subject: Re: Is this even a frog?
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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:

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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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 Post subject: Re: Is this even a frog?
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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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 Post subject: Re: Is this even a frog?
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: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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 Post subject: Re: Is this even a frog?
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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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 Post subject: Re: Is this even a frog?
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Nice sighting Moose! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Frog: Banded Rubber
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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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 Post subject: Re: Frog ID assistance please
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Accoeding to "The Wildlife of Southern Africa" its a banded rubber frog (Phrynomantis bifasciatus)


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 Post subject: Re: Frog ID assistance please
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Definitely banded rubber frog!

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 Post subject: Re: Frog ID assistance please
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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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