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Cape Rain Frog

Cape rain frog is a species of frog endemic to South Africa. The species is the largest and the most common of rain frogs. There is no tadpole stage in the reproduction cycle of this species and unlike most other species of frogs; it does not require water to breed. The frog usually lives underground and comes out just before rains and hence its name.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Anura
    Family Brevicipitidae
    Genus Breviceps
    Scientific Name Breviceps gibbosus

    Other Names Giant rain frog
    Size Up to 4.5 cm
    Color Light and dark brown mottling on the upper surface with creamy-white underside with brown mottling
    Distribution South Africa
    Habitat Agricultural landscapes, Fynbos, renosterveld, rural gardens, urban areas
    Diet Small insects, worms
    Predators Lizards, snakes, bushpigs
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Around 22 eggs
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on April 15th 2017 by under Frogs. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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