The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Brown-backed Tree Frog

Afrikaans name: Bruinrugboompadda

Brown-backed Tree Frog

Brown-backed Tree Frog

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Leptopelis mossambicus

The Brown-backed Tree Frog can reach a length of 5 to 6 cm.

They are light-brown on the back with a mark in the shape of a horseshoe.

In South Africa they can only be found in northern KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

The Brown-backed Tree Frog is found in woodland habitat near pans.

At night they call from trees and they spend their days in their burrows.

References and further reading

Sasol First Field Guide to Frogs of Southern Africa - Author: Vincent Carruthers - Published: 2012 - Page: 30

Frogs & Frogging in South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Vincent Carruthers - Published: 2001 - Page: 59

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Published: 2006 - Page: 103

Frogs & Frogging in South Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Vincent Carruthers and Louis du Preez - Published: 2011 - Page: 64

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 76


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