AmphibiaWeb - Chiromantis xerampelina
Chiromantis xerampelina
Gray Tree Frog
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
genus: Chiromantis

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A very large Chiromantis from eastern Africa with almost full webbing. Males 43–75 mm, females 60–90 mm. No tarsal fold. Dorsal surfaces brownish to grey, sometimes white, with or without darker mottling. Similar in pattern and placement of vomerine teeth to Chiromantis petersii, but differing by the extensive webbing; broad web extends more than 70% of the distance between the tubercles of the third finger.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia, Zimbabwe


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In the northern part of its range seems to prefer rather dense humid savanna, sometimes semi-deciduous forests. Further south apparently in drier savanna. Found in savannas from coastal Kenya to north-eastern South Africa and inland to north-eastern Namibia.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The voice consists of subdued croaks and squeaks emitted irregularly.

Development similar to that of C. rufescens. The tadpole has a tooth formula of 1,2+2/3

This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main. Updated by A. Schiøtz, 2008.


Poynton, J. C. (2000). ''Foam-nest treefrogs in eastern Africa (Anura Rhacophoridae Chiromantis) : taxonomic complexities.'' African Journal of Herpetology, 49, 111-128.

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

Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2000-12-25)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-30)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Chiromantis xerampelina: Gray Tree Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Aug 18, 2022.

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