Common river frog (Afrana angolensis)

Common River Frog (A angolensis)
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Common River Frogs (A. angolensis), also known as Angola river frogs, are described as medium (40 – 80 mm), smooth white belly skinned, jumping frogs with sharp noses, bulging eyes and long powerful legs.

These frogs are mainly distributed in fairly large parts along the South African eastern coastline and slightly more inland towards the boarding northern countries. According to Wikipedia, they are also common in eastern Africa.

Common river frogs mainly find their homes in tropical or subtropical areas where the surroundings are moist. These include moist lowland forests, moist montane forests, moist savanna, moist shrubland, seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, high-altitude grassland, rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, arable land, pastureland, rural gardens, urban areas, heavily degraded former forest, ponds, and canals and ditches. They can also be found near water in dry savanna and dry lowland grassland areas.

Scientifically, the common river frog is known as Ametia angolensis (previously Afrana angolensis). Belonging to the family Pyxicephalidae, they are found in sub-Saharan Africa. The genus Ametia classifies them as large-mouthed frogs or river frogs. Common river frogs are not considered a threatened species.

Common River Frog (Afrana angolensis)
Used with permission from Keiron Dacey.

This frog was photographed in the urbanised Umtentweni suburb of Port Shepstone, KZN, South Africa in a domestic fish pond. It seemed to be the only one in the pond.

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