When going on a safari, the various amphibians of Africa are probably the last things on many people’s list of animals to see. But these critters have a lot of avid fans, and although they may be easily disregarded, and difficult to find, there are many times during a safari that the croak of a frog will add a musical note to the soundtrack of the bush.

1. African Bullfrog

Where do they live? Found in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and possibly Democratic Republic of the Congo.
What do they eat? Insects, small rodents, reptiles, small birds and other amphibians. The male occasionally eats the tadpoles he guards.
How long do they live? 20 to 40 years

2. African Tree Toad

Where do they live? The forests of Central Africa
What do they eat? Insects, worms and spiders
How long do they live? Three to four years in captivity

3. Golden Frog

Where do they live? Madagascar
What do they eat? Termites, fruit flies, ants and various other insects
How long do they live? Eight years

4. North African Fire Salamander

Where do they live? Algeria, Morocco, Spain and possibly Tunisia.
What do they eat? Insects, spiders, earthworms, slugs and sometimes newts and young frogs
How long do they live? 8 to 12 years in captivity

5. African Clawed Frog

Where do they live? Found throughout much of Sub-Saharan Africa. Populations have been introduced in North and South America and Europe.
What do they eat? Almost anything living, dying or dead and any type of organic waste. They also eat their own shedded skin.
How long do they live? 5 to 15 years, and some have lived for as long as 20 to 25 years

6. Goliath Frog

Where do they live? Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
What do they eat? Tadpoles feed on a single aquatic plant, Dicraeia warmingii. Adults eat worms; insects such as dragonflies and locusts; smaller frogs, crabs, baby turtles and young snakes.
How long do they live? 15 to 25 years

7. Malagasy Rainbow Frog

Where do they live? Madagascar
What do they eat? Insects and other small invertebrates
How long do they live? 4 to 7 years

8. Sagalla Caecilian

Where do they live? Sagalla Hill in south-eastern Kenya.
What do they eat? Termites and earthworms
How long do they live? 5 to 20 years

9. Common Squeaker Frog

Where do they live? Parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
What do they eat? Insects, earthworms, sails and sometimes small frogs.
How long do they live? About one year

10. Common Reed Frog

Where do they live? Throughout the tropical savannah of Africa.
What do they eat? Insects
How long do they live? About one year

All about Amphibians

Biggest frog in Africa: Goliath frog
Endangered amphibians in Africa include: Pickergill’s Reedfrog, mistbelt moss frog and the Western Nimba toad
Did you know? Hundreds of millions of years ago, amphibians became the first vertebrates to live on land.

Book a safari and look for the awesome amphibians of Africa!