The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Foam Nest Frog

Afrikaans name: Grootgrysskuimnespadda

Foam Nest Frog

The interesting Foam Nest Frog

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Chiromantis xerampelina

The Foam Nest Frog is sometimes called the Southern Foam Nest Frog.

This frog can grow to a maximum length of 9 cm but most are smaller.

The Foam Nest Frog spends a lot of time in trees that overhang water. The fingers on its front legs have evolved to enable it to climb better. There is a pair of fingers pointing in opposite directions.

The pair lay their eggs in a nest made of foam on a branch above the water. When the eggs hatch the tadpoles drop into the water.

References and further reading

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 251

Sasol First Field Guide to Frogs of Southern Africa - Author: Vincent Carruthers - Published: 2012 - Page: 55

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Published: 2006 - Page: 114

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 405

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 216

Frogs & Frogging in South Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Vincent Carruthers and Louis du Preez - Published: 2011 - Page: 68

Frogs & Frogging in South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Vincent Carruthers - Published: 2001 - Page: 65

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 78

A complete guide to the Frogs of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: L du Preez & V Carruthers - Published: 2009 - Page: 458



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