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Frog: Foam Nest

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Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:36 am Unread post
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This little and very quiet fellow sat on a chair on the deck of the tented camp in Punda Maria one evening, hopped onto the railing, the floor, and then I lost sight of it. Does anyone have any idea of what species this is?
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Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:40 am Unread post
I think its a foam nest frog.
Not sure, maybe someone has a book about tham?



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Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:45 am Unread post
It is a Foam Nest Frog
see www.bushveld.co.za/foam-nest-frog :wink:



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Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:45 am Unread post
I believe the most common name is Grey Tree Frog (Chiromantis xerampelina), but it is also called foam nest frog, grey foam nest fog, foam nest tree frog, african gray tree frog, etc.
The nests are fairly easy to find. Big balls of white foam hanging above water (so when eggs hatch the tadpoles fall into the water). If you look in the trees or bushes above the nests you might find the frogs, sleeping on the branches. But because of their color they are difficult to spot.
Most frogs I've seen are light grey, almost white. But as your (great) picture shows they occur in different colorations.
It is the only tree frog species occuring in the KNP.



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Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:18 pm Unread post
Arie, that was a most helpful and informative reply. I had looked at tree frogs during my search, but they were the wrong colour. However, when searching by the Latin name, I came across http://www.rieo.net/amph/exfrog/ao/chiro/xera.htm and http://biology.ucr.edu/personal/MACphot ... antis.html that show pictures of the coast foam-nest tree frog with a similar colour as in my photograph, and also mention the colour changes of the skin. The latter web reference also shows the typical posture adopted to minimise skin surface area.
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Frogs in the African genus Chiromantis live in a variety of habitats. This species, C. xerampelina (coast foam-nest treefrog) is native to dry thornscrub in central and southern Africa (.....). These frogs must tolerate high temperatures and dry conditions, and they have evolved a highly waterproof skin, the ability to change color to a bright white that helps reflect sunlight, and a 'scrunched' posture shown here that minimizes surface area. This frog has not shifted to the 'white' color and is a camouflaged blotchy brown. They spend the day sitting on tree limbs.


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Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:02 pm Unread post
Oumie wrote
It is a Foam Nest Frog


Would this one I found hiding in the birdhide at Punda Maria be the same kind of frog then? Looks much the same:

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Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:21 pm Unread post
Yes indeed. I think this posture is more or less characteristic for this species. I have also seen them like this in the toilets at the Skukuza reception.


Foam-nest frog (Chiromantis xerampelina).


Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:56 am Unread post
What is this? :?

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There were two of these “nestsâ€


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Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:11 am Unread post
Hi Jumbo,

This is the nest of the Foam nest frog (Chiromantis xerampelina).

The frog lays its eggs in a foam nest which overhangs water as in your pics and when the eggs hatch the tadpoles drop into the water where they can feed and grow.

IIRC the foam nest frog is normaly grey or light brown but turns white during the day.




Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:29 am Unread post
Jakkalsbessie wrote
IIRC the foam nest frog is normaly grey or light brown but turns white during the day.


Ooo! Thanks JB. That is the frog I nicknamed “Stickyâ€



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Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:47 pm Unread post
I took some pictures of a grey tree frog last November:

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I'm not working on a calibrated monitor right now so the colours might be a bit off. I'll try to post a proper picture tonight.

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Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:23 pm Unread post
gorgeous frog, funny story :lol:
I wonder, is it true that all frogs have an almost toxic layer on their skin? I know when my dogs had their first experience with frogs, they would come in frog in mouth, huge eyes and froth pouring out of their mouths :? Then they would leave the poor frogs well alone after that.


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Sun Apr 23, 2006 4:34 pm Unread post
night visitor at Olifants.

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(thanks Arie, Pilane & son for the identification!) :D
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