The Russet-back Sand Frog (Tomopterna marmorata) is in the spotlight today for another fantastic FROG FRIDAY!! The Russet-backed Sand Frog inhabits a range of bushveld vegetation types in the Savanna Biome. It seems to prefer sandy soils and occurs in areas where annual rainfall is 500–1000 mm. It breeds in slow-flowing rivers and streams as well as isolated pools, pans or dams with sandy substrates.

This beautiful frog’s geographic ranges stretches from Botswana eastward through Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe to southern Mozambique as well as South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. The photo shown here was submitted to FrogMAP by Robert Tibbitt-Eggleton  – he photographed it in the Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp, Kruger National Park.

Please remember to submit your photos to FrogMAP — make your photos count for conservation!

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.