TGIFF! Thank Goodness it’s FROG FRIDAY!! The Southern Foam Nest Frog (Chiromantis xerampelina) is a slender grey treefrog, appearing almost completely white during the daytime. This frog is widely distributed in eastern and southern Africa. In South Africa, the species occurs from near sea level in KwaZulu-Natal to 1200 m in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng provinces.
This photo was submitted to FrogMAP by Derek Solomon. You can view the record here – he photographed this beautiful frog in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
The Southern Foam Nest Frog inhabits a variety of bushveld vegetation types in the Savanna Biome. Breeding usually takes place in temporary pans and vleis, but also occurs in more permanent water bodies such as dams and quarries. In the absence of trees and shrubs, nests may be attached to the sides of large rocks or man-made structures overhanging water, including bridges, culverts and bird hides.
You can help to map southern Africa’s frogs and toads by uploading your photos to FrogMAP.
Frog Fridays celebrate the amazing diversity of frogs and toads in the southern African region. Click here to learn more about Frog Friday and the Animal Demography Unit.