Common reed frog

Their horizontal pupils give them a permanently surprised expression

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A small, vibrant amphibian belonging to the family Hyperoliidae, primarily found across sub-Saharan Africa. Known for their striking colors and adaptability, these frogs are a common sight in the wetlands and reedy marshes that dot the landscape. They are notable for their petite size and vivid appearance and display a wide range of colors from greens and blues to reds and yellows. Their skin can change color in response to environmental factors such as temperature and humidity, a trait that provides excellent camouflage against predators.

One of the most fascinating aspects of these frogs is their sexual dimorphism. Males are often smaller and brightly colored, especially during the breeding season, to attract females. They also develop nuptial pads on their fingers to aid in grasping females during amplexus, the mating embrace. They can also thrive in a variety of aquatic environments but are particularly fond of reeds and other tall vegetation around permanent water bodies such as lakes, ponds, and rivers. Their distribution spans across a wide range of African countries, making them one of the continent’s most widespread amphibian species.

While Common Reed Frogs are generally not considered endangered and are capable of thriving in disturbed or human-altered environments, they are still vulnerable to severe habitat destruction and pollution. As with many amphibians, they are sensitive to changes in water quality and availability due to their permeable skin and aquatic reproductive needs.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Burundi
2017
Central Af. Rep.
2017
Presence Uncertain
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2017
Ethiopia
2017
Kenya
2017
Rwanda
2017
Sudan
2017
Tanzania
2017
Uganda
2017

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No