Common River Frog

Amieta delalandii

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.


11 thoughts on “Common River Frog

  1. Petro

    We have some in our garden at the pond in front of our bedroom window. I love waking up at night and hearing them chat, it is such a soothing happy sound!

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  2. loisajay

    We have tree frogs that come out in the rain. My neighbor has not taken good care of his backyard swimming pool… the frogs have taken up residence. I almost have to laugh out loud at them when they all begin ‘talking’ at the same time. Then they get quiet; then all start up again. It is such a riot. Even if you are trying you go to sleep, you cannot help but smile at the wonders of nature.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Frogs are quite sensitive creatures, so it is great to know that your neighbourhood is still safe and healthy enough that a population of frogs can live there, Lois! And I agree about their calls – some people find it disturbing but to me it is like a lullaby!

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