The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Bush Squeaker

Afrikaans name: Boskikker

A Bush Squeaker frog calling from amongst the leaf litter

Bush Squeaker frog calling

Photo © Steven Herbert

Arthroleptis wahlbergi

The Bush Squeaker is a tiny little frog that reaches a maximum size of 3 cm. This frog is well-known for its high-pitched call during rainy weather (even my garden sprinkler sets them off...)

The upper parts of the Bush Squeaker are brown with reddish-brown blotches. Underneath it is white with speckles. Their colouration blends in perfectly with leaf litter in gardens and along streams in well-vegetated areas.

An interesting fact about the Bush Squeaker, and others in its family, is that they do not go through a tadpole phase. The eggs hatch and tiny frogs emerge. Frogs that do not go through a tadpole phase are known as direct developers.

The Bush Squeaker is only found in the coastal areas of eastern South Africa. It may occur in Mozambique as well.

References and further reading

A complete guide to the Frogs of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: L du Preez & V Carruthers - Published: 2009 - Page: 86

Frogs & Frogging in South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Vincent Carruthers - Published: 2001 - Page: 78

Frogs & Frogging in South Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Vincent Carruthers and Louis du Preez - Published: 2011 - Page: 77

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Published: 2006 - Page: 108

Sasol First Field Guide to Frogs of Southern Africa - Author: Vincent Carruthers - Published: 2012 - Page: 8


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