Species: Hyperolius marmoratus subsp. taeniatus (Painted reed frog)
The painted reed frog is about 3 cm in length.
The color patterns on the adult frogs are extremely variable and it vary from distinct stripes to spots.
The patterns vary from yellow to greenish, and brown to black.
The pupils are horizontal and no eardrum shows on the head. The bodies are elongated and slender. The feet have webbing between the toes.
Males have a vocal sac, often with small orange spots. Females lack a vocal sac, but possess a side-to-side fold across the throat.
They aestivate during the dry season in sheltered places. Breeding normally takes place in summer.
I have found the frogs quite far from water; most were basking in the sun on plants and were motionless until I poked them to show the undersides. Surprisingly they were moist, although far from the nearest water.
For more information:
- African tree frogs
- Listen to the call of the painted reed frog on Sarah Davies’ page
- Carruthers, Vincent. 2001. Frogs and Frogging in Southern Africa. Struik. 100pp. Includes a CD of frog calls