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African foam nest tree frog

By ColleenA
Good morning...
Back to wild life today...thank you to Irish Kate and Ron (Maiwand) for their UA's, much appreciated as the Image was so far removed from my normal photography.
The African foam nest tree frog normally lives in trees but this little guy was living in our Lodge and was halfway up the wall when I photographed him. This nocturnal tree frog has adhesive toe pads. Females are usually larger and only the males call. It is called the foam nest tree frog because its nest consists of air bubbles wrapped in a leaf. When the larvae hatch, they fall into the water below, where they grow from tadpoles into frogs.
Breeding: When the summer rainy season starts, males calll a quiet chirp from branches to attract females. The male will ride on her back as she searches for a suitable spot above the water to build a foam nest. This is whipped up out of the skin secretions with her back feet. When it gets to be about 6" across, she then blends 500 to 1200 eggs into it. The male does not assist in nest construction but remains attached to her back to fertilize the eggs when they are laid. Other spawning pairs and multiple males may join in and utilize the same foam nest and repeat this process.
V2...another viewpoint...V3 and 4 the foam nests...V5 this is where another frog was hanging out...on top of the light fitting near the ceiling...
Have a nice day....

Tags: Wildlife and nature African foam nest tree frog

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ade123 Plus
3 266 1 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 7:05AM
Lovely images & great info Colleen


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CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
6 Apr 2014 7:05AM
What a cute little chappie, Colleen, and interesting how they create foam nests above water, very cleverly thought out Smile Carol
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
6 Apr 2014 7:20AM
Fascinating images and background info.

Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 7:24AM
A new species for me, Colleen. Fascinating write up, one can learn so much on this site in so many ways, great natural history reportage.

RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
6 Apr 2014 7:50AM
Indeed, a very interesting narrative to accompany your images, Colleen.
6 Apr 2014 7:57AM
Great set Colleen, and interesting write up as wellSmile

6 Apr 2014 8:07AM
They are fascinating creatures, Colleen.
Lucky you to have them on holiday with you.
V3 is my favourite ! Just like a snowball - Well i am not longing for winter at all. --- Very good images , Colleen! --- Jukka.
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 8:36AM
V3 my favourite too Colleen as it shows such an unusual way for an amphibian to raise its young. But all good images and fascinating information.

JohnoP 11 2
6 Apr 2014 8:37AM
Great set with very interesting reading Colleen! V3 and V5 my favourites! John
6 Apr 2014 9:03AM
Great set and info Colleen, and the perfect name for this little creature.
And yes, I'd love to be where you are now, 31deg, brilliant!

John Smile
6 Apr 2014 9:25AM
Wonderful documentary images about this interseting little frog and informative writing, Colleen!
6 Apr 2014 9:37AM
What an interesting description to accompany these wonderful images of this sticky character, Colleen!

6 Apr 2014 9:53AM
Just love his little feet
Bet they come in handy
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
6 Apr 2014 9:57AM
Great set and info ColleenSmile
6 Apr 2014 10:18AM
breeding good god lass its a Sunday we don't discuss this type of thing lol he has fine markings

mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
6 Apr 2014 10:21AM
How very considerate of the litte chap to come into your lodge for his close up.
He must have known you were getting fed up of all the mud outside SmileSmileSmile.
Thanks for the information, what a fascinating creature.
Excellent work Colleen.

Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
6 Apr 2014 10:34AM
Lovely shot and good informative narrative Colleen.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 10:59AM
Brilliant set Colleen,

Ali Grin
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 11:24AM
Great pictures to go with write up Colleen. Glad you said V5 was a light fitting, thought it was a large grape.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
6 Apr 2014 11:29AM
Lovely and perfect capture.
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 12:22PM
Something new for many of us today Colleen.
Fascinating set of images.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
6 Apr 2014 12:47PM
I love your little froggy friend, Colleen - all I get are spiders! Grin An interesting set of imgaes, and write-up too...sounds like he's got an easy life! Blush
Trev Smile
Five lovely captures about frogs. Well done Colleen.
6 Apr 2014 12:55PM
I am very fond of frogs. Not to the point of kissing one though.Sad Great images and information.

6 Apr 2014 1:33PM
Super Colleen, I love v 3 like a snowball, great write up too, love the frogs and great texture too. GrinGrinGrinGrin
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 1:39PM
A fascinating story.Smile

Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 2:23PM
Great images and write up ColleenSmile

6 Apr 2014 2:34PM
Superb set of shot's colleen awesomeSmileSmileSmile
6 Apr 2014 3:22PM
Super images & great narrative ColleenGrin
6 Apr 2014 4:14PM
A superb set of images Colleen and great info as well. Thank you for sharing with us!
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 5:04PM
Fascinating creature very nicely captured here. Love V2 and the write up is very informative.
A great set very well taken

Mike_Smith Plus
9 323 1 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 5:38PM
Cracking pictures as always Colleen, and interesting narrative. Until now i hadn't heard of this frog, you can learn allsorts on EPZ
andyf3050 3 11 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 5:56PM
Another great image and you've done your homework regarding who he is...! Impressive.

Stunning macro images, Colleen. The narrative adds great context too.

Hi Colleen,doing what you do best with your wildlife shots. Great series ,never knew a thing about these littLe critters.I enjoyed your narrative,in fact,i liked it all very much,thank you.
6 Apr 2014 6:54PM
Fascinating set of images
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 7:26PM
Lovely shots and great write up Colleen.
fotobee Plus
3 4 3 South Africa
6 Apr 2014 7:42PM
Great series, Colleen. I prefer v2 Regards Martin
6 Apr 2014 9:50PM
Great images and write up Colleen.

Jenny Smile
AnneB50 4 118 18 Scotland
6 Apr 2014 10:50PM
We've been lots of places where we have shared our accommodation with lizards who eat the Mosquitoes but I think I would draw the line at frogs!

Great set though

4 3 7 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 11:44PM
Great images and great info. You learn something new everyday on this website!Grin
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
7 Apr 2014 11:28PM
A super set of images and a super write up to go with them Colleen. I can imagine frogophobe gary_d's reaction if he found one of these in his house, he'd be half way up the wall!Tongue
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 2:49AM
How very interesting...
A fantastic set of images so well documented Colleen! Grin

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