Leptopelis natalensis
Natal Tree Frog
family: Arthroleptidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


A large Leptopelis, females up to 65 mm from South Africa. Dorsum cream, brown, green or mottled in these colours. Pattern never forming an 'n' shaped figure on dorsum. Eyes red or golden.

Tadpole tooth formula is 1,3+3/3.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Mozambique, South Africa

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Coastal forests, riverine bush and swamp along the southern KwaZulu-Natal coast, South Africa.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Males usually call from exposed positions in trees and bushes, often close to and overhanging water. The voice is a loud monosyllabic quack, often emitted twice in quick succession, interspersed by very long intervals. Sometimes preceded by a soft buzzing.

The eggs are large (0.3 mm) and yellow. 185 have been recorded in a single batch, laid out of water amongst decaying leaves or in mud near streams. The tadpoles wriggle towards the water, moving over stones and twigs, and have been known to scale the sides of a tin (Wager 1965). They are able to make short leaps by flicking their tail, and to survive for weeks before being placed in water.

This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.


Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

Wager, V. A. (1965). The Frogs of South Africa. Purnell and Sons, Cape Town, South Africa.

Written by Arne Schioetz (arne AT, *
First submitted 2001-02-12
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Leptopelis natalensis: Natal Tree Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 24, 2016.

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