Leptopelis xenodactylus
Long-toed Tree Frog
family: Arthroleptidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A rather large Leptopelis (up to 50 mm) from southern Drakensberg, South Africa. Fingers and toes long, webbing reduced, no discs. Dorsum granular, unpatterned green. Ventrum creamy white.
Males call from well-concealed positions at the base of grass tussocks and from burrows in the marshes. The voice consists of one or two brief croaks, separated by long intervals, and sometimes preceded by a quiet buzzing.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: South Africa


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Apparently rare. Found in upland marshy areas with high grass tussocks in the foothills of the southern Drakensberg Mountains, southern KwaZulu-Natal. They may sometimes climb vegetation.

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.

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

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Leptopelis xenodactylus: Long-toed Tree Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 21, 2020.

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