Leptopelis natalensis (Smith, 1849)
Natal Tree Frog, Isele lasezihlahleni laseNatali (Zulu)
|Species Description: Smith, A. 1849. Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa; Consisting Chiefly of Figures and Descriptions of the Objects of Natural History Collected during an Expedition into the Interior of South Africa, in the Years 1834, 1835, and 1836 .... Vol. III. Reptilia. Appendix. London: Smith, Elder, & Co.|
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Tadpole tooth formula is 1,3+3/3.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Mozambique, South Africa
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The eggs are large (0.3 mm) and yellow. 185 have been recorded in a single batch, laid out of water amongst decaying leaves or in mud near streams. The tadpoles wriggle towards the water, moving over stones and twigs, and have been known to scale the sides of a tin (Wager 1965). They are able to make short leaps by flicking their tail, and to survive for weeks before being placed in water.
Phaka, F.M., Netherlands, E.C., Kruger, D.J.D., Du Preez, L.H. (2019). Folk taxonomy and indigenous names for frogs in Zululand, South Africa. J Ethnobiology Ethnomedicine 15, 17. [link]
Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.
Wager, V. A. (1965). The Frogs of South Africa. Purnell and Sons, Cape Town, South Africa.
Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2001-02-12)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2023-05-31)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2023 Leptopelis natalensis: Natal Tree Frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/3661> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 3, 2023.
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