This species is endemic to southeastern South Africa, ranging from Manubi in Eastern Cape Province, northeast to Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. It is a low-altitude species.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of dry coastal forest and gallery forest. It also lives in parks and gardens, but not significantly in agricultural land, though it does survive in somewhat disturbed habitats. It uses permanent and semi-permanent water for breeding, favouring swamps and pans in forest and thicket. It makes a burrow nest on the ground near the water. The larvae develop in the nest and then move into the water.
It is a reasonably common species.
Its habitat is being lost, especially as a result of urban spread, expanding large-scale commercial agriculture, drainage of breeding habitats, drying out of breeding habitats due to the spread of invasive plants, and afforestation.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, its tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Leptopelis natalensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T56268A3037035. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T56268A3037035.en .Downloaded on 15 February 2019