Frog of the Week

Black Rain Frog (Breviceps fuscus)


Common Name: Black Rain Frog
Scientific Name: Breviceps fuscus
Family: Brevicipitidae – Rain Frog family
Location: South Africa
Size: 1.5 – 2 inches (40 – 51 mm)

Cousin of the Desert Rain Frog (Breviceps macrops) – the cutest frog on earth, the Black Rain Frog has been crowned the grumpiest frog alive. Rain Frogs are burrowers, making tunnels underground to hide from the African heat.

The frogs breed from the start of summer, October, through February. Males call from burrows to attract females. They will even call while guarding his eggs. The Black Rain Frog is a direct developing species of frog, skipping the tadpole stage. Thus, they do not need water to reproduce.

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