TGIFF!! Thank Goodness it’s FROG FRIDAY! This pretty little frog is a Water Lily Frog (Hyperolius pusillus) — This is a small translucent Hyperolius species with variable dorsal patterns. The dorsum is typically green, but may also appear clear or yellowish. The Water Lily Frog is common and abundant in swampy areas with vegetation in savannas, shrubland, and grassland habitat at elevations up to 800 m.

Breeding takes place in shallow pans, ponds, vleis and dams with water lilies Nymphaea sp. About 500 light green eggs are laid in groups of 20–120, in a single layer between the overlapping margins of lily leaves.

The Water Lily Frog’s distribution includes Somalia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. It is found at higher altitudes in Malawi and Botswana.

Reference: Channing, A. (2001). Amphibians of Central and Southern Africa. Comstock books in herpetology. x, 470 p., [24] p. of plates. Ithaca, N.Y.: Comstock Pub. Associates.

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.