Gold Spiny Reed Frog
Anura: Frogs and Toads
cm (3/4 in)
||Habitat: pools, swamps
South Africa: East and Southeast and Southern coastal regions
known as the golden leaf-folding frog, this very tiny, slim amphibian,
equipped with adhesive disks on each digit, is a good climber. Its back
may be covered with tiny dark spines, hence one of its common names; this
feature is common in frogs in the south of the range but rare in the north.
Breeding males take up a position among reeds or on water-lily leaves in
pools or vleis (temporary, rain-filled hollows) and call to females. The
female frog lays a small batch of eggs on a leaf above or below water level.
Once the eggs are fertilized, the leaf is folded over and the edges are
glued together with sticky secretions from the female's oviduct. When the
eggs hatch, the tadpoles emerge from the leaf nest into the water, where
they complete their development.