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Amphibians

Amphibians of Kloof

Frogs are at the forefront of environmentalist’s minds these days as they seem to be reasonable indicators of the health of an ecosystem. Owing to the semi-aquatic life-cycle, and their semi-permeable skins, frogs are especially vulnerable to pollutants and other environmental stresses. Consequently frogs can be regarded as useful environmental bio-monitors, and may serve as an early-warning alarm system indicating changes in the environment and potential threats to other organisms, including humans. In a nutshell, lots of frogs equals a healthy ecosystem and no frogs equals a bad ecosystem.

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Marbled Reed Frog
( Hyperolius marmoratus)

Photo: Michael Wright

Kloof Frog (on eggs)
(Natalobatrachus bonebergi)

Natal Cascade Frog

Natal Cascade Frog
(Hadromophryne natalensis)

Researchers have identified 160 species in Southern Africa and 24 species have been recorded in the Kloof Area and in Krantzkloof Nature Reserve – by contrast the entire United Kingdom only has 4! This however is no cause for complacency as having a wide variety is not a measure of a healthy eco-system.


Download List

You can download a full list of the Amphibians of Kloof here: Download Amphibians List

Please e-mail us at info@kloofconservancy.org.za with any photographs you may have of frogs in the Kloof area.

Red Toad

Red Toad
(Schismaderma carens)

Bushveld Rain Frog

Bushveld Rain Frog
(Breviceps adspersus)

Natal Tree Frog

Natal Tree Frog
(Leptopelis natalensis)