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Re: Batmads Frog Course

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:12 pm

Its a Foam Nest Frog! :D
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Re: Batmads Frog Course

Unread postby Batmad » Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:52 pm

Agreed!! The foam nest frog during the day finds a nice roost and turns a whiteish cokour as seen above by the sun.

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Foam at water holes...

Unread postby bentley » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:45 am

I saw quite a few of these particularly close to water...
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Instinct tells me it comes from amphibians, could you shed some info on these big bundles of foam please ?
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Re: Foam at water holes...

Unread postby Suzz » Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:23 pm

I've also seen them. Yes this is a frog and they lay their eggs in the foam. When it starts raining, the foam starts melting and the little toads fall into the water. Or that's what I've heard... :redface:
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Re: Foam at water holes...

Unread postby bentley » Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:45 pm

That does make sense, but why place it in a spot where other creatures, animals and the likes can get to it ? :hmz:
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Re: Foam at water holes...

Unread postby Suzz » Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:03 pm

I don't know. Maybe the foam has a foul taste and the other animals leave it alone? :redface: Maybe somebody else can shed some light on the matter?
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Re: Foam at water holes...

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:12 pm

Isn't this from the foamfrog?

The outer layer gets hard, creating a sort of pool above the pool. When the little ones are ready they pop out into the water, having no fears of the voracious insect predators (like dragonfly larvea) any more?
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Re: Foam at water holes...

Unread postby bishop3006 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:25 pm

Foam nest tree frog. As DuQues says, the outside of the foam gets hard, protecting the eggs inside. The nest is not really all that accessible, since it hangs out over the water - usually also high enough to be safe from water-borne predators. Once the eggs hatch and the tadpoles are ready they drop out the bottom into the water where they are then relatively safe.
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Frog: Foam Nest

Unread postby flying cheetah » Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:34 pm

Could somebody please tell me the name of the frogs that build these nests? A friend of mine told me these are Foam Frogs, but I would also like to get the scientific name and I couldn't find it on google. Need the ID for my Trip Report, had a very exciting sighting with one of these frogs at the Gardenia Hide in KNP :wink:

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Re: help with a frog i.d.

Unread postby Jose » Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:22 am

They're Foam-nest Frogs (Chiromantis xerampelina).
A common species in the Lowveld and very easy to ID after dark... with just a tiny bit of imagination, their combined calls sound like "thirtyfive... thirthyfive... thirtyfive..."
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Re: Identification help: amphibians

Unread postby Ludwig » Wed May 12, 2010 3:12 pm

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Re: Frog: Foam Nest

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:15 pm

Great photos everyone!

Took me a long time to find one of my most favourite frogs. Finally got one at the Shimuwini lapa area in February.

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Re: Identification help: Amphibians

Unread postby KTM KWAGGA » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:48 pm

Found it in a bridge rail close to croc bridge. What is the correct name? I call it the pipe frog.

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Re: Identification help: Amphibians

Unread postby BushSnake » Fri May 03, 2013 12:18 pm

Yes, it's a southern foam nest frog (Chiromantis xerampelina). They turn white to reflect heat in the sunlight.

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Re: Frog: Foam Nest

Unread postby Mfezi » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:54 pm

Saw this ?? Foam nest tree frog early one morning whilst waiting for the gates to open at Lower Sabie

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