TGIFF! Thank Goodness it’s FROG FRIDAY!!! grin emoticon Today we are featuring the Striped Stream Frog (Strongylopus fasciatus). The Striped Stream Frog inhabits a variety of vegetation types in the Forest, Fynbos, Thicket, Grassland and Savanna biomes. It occurs in well-watered areas with annual rainfall >500 mm, and it is rarely found far from permanent water. It ranges mainly through the summer-rainfall region, but extends into the winterrainfall region in the southwest.

Breeding takes place mainly in winter, and seems to be associated with a drop in temperature. The first calls are usually heard in mid- to late February, but there are records of calling as early as January. In Swaziland, peak calling occurs in March, April and May, and calling activity ceases in November. Outside the winter months, sporadic calling may be triggered by a cold front moving through the subcontinent.

The photo shown here is from the FrogMAP database. Please submit your froggy photos to FrogMAP at http://vmus.adu.org.za/ and help us to map these amazing amphibians!

Reference: Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program

Frog Fridays celebrate the amazing diversity of frogs and toads in the southern African region. Click here to learn more about the Animal Demography Unit.

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