The Common River Frog, also known as Delalande’s River Frog, lives on the banks of streams and other permanent watersources in grasslands, bushveld and forests – they’ve also taken up residence in garden ponds and water features in the urban setting. When in danger of being seen, especially by day, these frogs quickly jump back in the water to hide in the mud. The males’ lovely croaks can be heard by day and night throughout the year. Depending on temperatures and availability of food the complete development and metamorphosis of the tadpoles of the Common River Frog takes between 9 and 12 months. Adults grow to 9cm in length.
Common River Frogs occur in all South African provinces, even in the arid Northern Cape along the Orange River.