Rose’s Mountain Toadlet is the only South African frog that doesn’t have a voice – or ears, for that matter. It is found on mountain tops from the Cape Peninsula to Riviersonderend. It occurs in Fernkloof, as well as Vogelgat, but has not been observed here since 2002. It breeds in shallow pools formed after winter rains. Males and females seem to find each other by congregating at favourite pools, rather than be calling. This small frog can be recognised by the blister-like warts on the back and sides and bright brick-red parotid glands behind the eyes. This species generally does not hop like other toads, but rather runs or crawls.
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