The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Tinker Reed Frog

Afrikaans name: Groenrietpadda

Tinker Reed Frog

Tinker Reed Frog

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Hyperolius tuberilinguis

The Tinker Reed Frog is a stunning yellowish green in colour although they may be brown as well. Underneath they are cream in colour. Males have a yellowish throat. Their pupils are horizontal.

In South Africa they are found in a thin band along the eastern regions of KwaZulu-Natal. They are most commonly found in the vegetation surrounding coastal pans. Residents of Durban may well find them in the plants around their fishponds.

The Tinker Reed Frog is a bit over 3 cm in length. They are a very active frog, and their favourite food is mosquitoes.

They make their nests in vegetation a few centimetres above the water. Hundreds of eggs are laid in a jelly-like substance. The tadpoles grow quite large and are brownish upperparts and white underparts.

Tinker Reed Frog

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References and further reading

Frogs & Frogging in South Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Vincent Carruthers and Louis du Preez - Published: 2011 - Page: 70

Sasol First Field Guide to Frogs of Southern Africa - Author: Vincent Carruthers - Published: 2012 - Page: 28

A complete guide to the Frogs of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: L du Preez & V Carruthers - Published: 2009 - Page: 270

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 88

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


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