Frogs of the Eastern Cape

Southern Africa plays host to just over 150 different species of frog. In the Eastern Cape you can find approximately 32 different species of frog. All but five species have been listed below. These include The Giant Bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus), Natal-leaf Folding Frog (Afrixalus spinifrons), Hogsback Chirping Frog (Anhydrophryne rattrayi), Sharp-nosed Grass Frog (Ptychadena oxyrhynchus) and Hewitt’s Ghost Frog (Heleophryne hewitti). For more information on each species, click on their names.

African Common frogs

Delalande’s River Frog (Amieta delalandii)

Poynton’s River Frog (Amietia poyntoni)

Bronze Caco (Cacosternum nanum)

Boettger’s Caco (Cacosternum boettgeri)

Thorin’s Caco (Cacosternum thorini)

Natal Sand Frog (Tomopterna natalensis)

Tandy’s Sand Frog (Tomopterna tandyi)

Clicking Stream Frog (Strongylopus grayii)

Striped Stream Frog (Strongylopus fasciatus)

Kloof Frog (Natalobrachus bonebergi)


Common Platanna (Xenopus laevis)

Puddle Frogs

Snoring Puddle Frog (Phrynobatrachus natalensis)

Rain Frogs

Bushveld Rain Frog (Breviceps adspersus)

Plaintive Rain Frog (Breviceps verrucosus)

Reed Frogs

Painted Reed frog (Hyperolius marmoratus verrucosus)

Yellow Striped Reed Frog (Hyperolius semidiscus)

Bubbling Kassina (Kassina senegalensis)

Rattling Frog (Semnodactylus wealii)

Squeekers and Tree Frogs

Bush Squeeker (Arthroleptis wahlbergii)

Natal Tree Frog (Leptopelis natalensis)


Raucous Toad (Sclerophrys capensis)

Guttural Toad (Sclerophrys gutturalis)

Karoo Toad (Vandijkophrynus gariepensis)

Eastern Leopard Toad (Sclerophrys pardalis)

Southern Pygmy Toad (Poyntophrynus vertebralis)

Amatola toad (Vandijkophrynus amatolicus)

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