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Weale's Running Frog

Semnodactylus wealii


All descriptions I found for this frog say they are dark gray/silver, with longitudinal stripes and bright yellow feet. I'm not sure why this guy is more yellow with orange feet, I can't find any pictures that looks like him. Either way, he is very beautiful :)


It is found in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. Its natural habitats are Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, temperate grassland, swamps, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, freshwater springs, pastureland, water storage areas, and ponds.


"This species occurs in southern and eastern South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. It is only known from one record in Lesotho but presumably is more widespread in this country. It occurs from sea level up to 1,700m asl."

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65 Comments (1–25)

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 5 years ago

What a great frog.

Desmond.E.S.O 7 years ago

Nice pictures!

jeslowery 7 years ago

So cool!

yunseong1 8 years ago

Wow amazing picture!Thanks for sharing.

AshleyT 9 years ago

Haha that's awesome! We found lots of frogs and snakes, but we went to Africa specifically for that reason and spent most of our time flipping rocks/logs and went to ponds at night to get calling frogs. You may have to stay tuned for a long time haha

Tiz 9 years ago

I was actually looking for a geo cash without a GPS, but found the frogs instead! Much better! Cool that you managed to find some frogs down here! It is not that easy I think. And great that you are happy with some of the shots, that is always a great treat! :) Ill stay tuned :D

AshleyT 9 years ago

Thank you Sri!

AshleyT 9 years ago

Size is perfect for H. marmoratus! I'll bet that's what it is :) I have both S. wealii and K. senegalensis to upload from my recent trip, but I'm uploading in order and will have over 500 spottings from the trip, so it may be awhile until they show up! But my S. wealii photos are much better than this spotting, and this was my most popular spotting, so we'll see what happens with it :) Glad to help, and glad you enjoy finding frogs :)

srimanta 9 years ago

wow,,,excellent spotting,,,,,,regards,,, :)Sri

Tiz 9 years ago

Ah great info. It is so cool that they can be so incredible different in coloration, even if they are found in the same place. The ones I found were about 2.5 - 3.5 cm in body size and one was very white with yellow pattern and stripes, and the other one was very dark. Almost as they had adjusted to the terrain they were found. It was in Swaziland, and accodring to previous spottings there I have narrowed them spottings down to Semnodactylus wealii, Kassina senegalensis or Hyperolius marmoratus taeniatus. With your info, It is quite likely to be the last one mentioned, since the others has the vertical pupil. I will up;oad it in a couple of days, thank you so much for this Ashley!

AshleyT 9 years ago

Nope :) Pupil is one of the first things to look at when IDing frogs, it's pretty important and always the same for each species! How big is your frog? I would be willing to bet you have another reed frog. They have horizontal pupils and several of them have stripes like this guy does. If you can't figure it out, I have a frogs of Southern Africa guide sitting right next to me :)

Tiz 9 years ago

Ashley :) I have a queestion about frogs. I am trying to ID a frog (not yet uploaded), and it looks quite similar to this one... However, there is one thing that is completely different, and I would like to know a bit more about this... The black part in the eye (pupil) of your frog is vertical, and mine is horizontal. Can it still be the same species?

Thanks for an answer and explanation.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago


AshleyT 9 years ago

Thanks guys :)

nawangla bhutia
nawangla bhutia 9 years ago

wow great catch

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 9 years ago

Beautiful color...

CostaBoyJack 9 years ago

beautiful colors

ScottHarte 10 years ago

Congratulations, lovely frog

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thank you everyone :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Congratulations Ashley!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

So cool! Congratulations on your achievement as well!

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

I missed this one, Very Striking!

JillBlack 10 years ago

Congratulations Ashley

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Congratulations Ashley! It is a beautiful frog and series-

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Conratulations Ashley

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Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 2, 2012
Submitted on Oct 12, 2012

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