Cape Rain Frog

Cape Rain Frog

Scientific Name – Breviceps gibbosus

Classification – Brevicipitidae

Baby Name – Tadpole, polliwog, froglet

Collective Noun – Army, colony

Average Length – Up to 4.5 cm

Life Expectancy – Not known

Breeding Season – Spring

Incubation Period – Not known

Special Features – Devoid of the larval stage in the reproductive process as young froglets develop directly from the eggs; do not require open water to breed; lives in underground burrows and emerges just before rains; possess thick, muscular legs which  helps in burrowing; brown and cream in color with dotted belly; coarse skin

Family Unit – Not known

Geographical Distribution – South Africa

World Population – Unknown

Conservation Status – Vulnerable

Natural Habitat – Fynbos, renosterveld, agricultural landscapes, rural gardens, urban areas

Diet – Worms, small insects

Predators – Lizards, snakes, bushpigs