Tomopterna natalensis
Natal sand frog
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae

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

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


View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs mainly in northern and eastern South Africa, extending into Swaziland and southern Mozambique. It is likely to occur in Lesotho. It ranges from sea level to 2,000 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in grassland and savannah, and it can also be found in agricultural habitats. It breeds in shallow temporary, semi-permanent and permanent streams, furrows or vleis, also in still water (but it favours slow-flowing water).


It is a somewhat uncommon species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats, except in localized situations.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in many protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, its tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Tomopterna natalensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58779A3074252. .Downloaded on 20 January 2019


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