First frogs of the season

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Dalton Gibbs

With this tiny bit of rain has come the first frogs calls of the winter season. Clicking Stream Frogs (Strongylopus grayii) have started to call with their “click .. click…click” calls. This is the only frog species calling at Zeekoevlei at the moment, with several individuals often calling at the same time. The call has a slightly metallic sound to it, with longish pauses between calls from the same animal. Listen for them on Peninsula Rd or van Blommestein Park the next time there is some light rain. As can be seen by the pictures, these are small frogs only a few centimetres long. The differ greatly in colouration and are best identified by their call and the lack of webbing on the hind feet.

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