Not a ribbet ribbet, but rather a click click at #Sandbaai beach near #Hermanus

We love going for walks along the ocean walk at #Sandbaai beach, near #Hermanus.

One of the questions we asked was what type of #frog lives next to the ocean, as we could hear their unusual sound that they were making, but could never get to see one of these little creatures.

We contacted the Endangered Wildlife Trust to see if they could assist. Dr. Jeanne Tarrant, Manager: Threatened Amphibian Programme, identified the frog after viewing this short video which showed their habitat, as well as the sound that they made.

“Your froggies are Clicking Stream Frogs, Strongylopus grayii. They are widespread across South Africa, and as the name suggests they sit around and “click”! They will make use of streams, rivers, dams, vleis, wetlands, garden ponds – not really fussy! Very interesting that they are that close to the sea.

” Dr Jeanne sent us a pic of these allusive creatures, so that we knew what to look out for. The photo showed the most distinguishing feature – which is the extremely long back middle toe.

Well now we all know what they look like, what sound they make, what their name is, and the unusual location here in #Sandbaai, #Hermanus in the Western Cape, South Africa. Do you love frogs? Or are you like so many people that are frightened of them!

For further reading or to find out about these frogs go to SCARCE –  or visit Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWF). You can also do your bit for conservation and become a member or supporter of EWF!


Posted on 22/06/2014, in Travel South Africa and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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