Frog of the Week

Plaintive Rain Frog (Breviceps verrucosus)

Plaintive Rain Frog
photo by Martin Pickersgill

Common Name: Plaintive Rain Frog
Scientific Name: Breviceps verrucosus
Family: Brevicipitidae – Rain Frog Family
Locations: Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland
Size: 2 inches (53 mm)

The Plaintive Rain Frog lives in burrows around the southeastern coast of Africa. They live in a variety of habitats from grasslands, shrublands, and forests and from temperate to dry climates. The frogs come out from their burrows during the rainy season to breed. They breed from late August / early September to the middle of November.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List categorizes the Plaintive Rain Frog as Least Concern for Extinction. They are common throughout their range.

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