Virginia Elena Patrone

Forever Extinct #9 / Second Series – The Desert Rain Frog

 

This very small amphibious, Breviceo macrops – lives in the narrow strip of sandy shores between the sea and the sand dunes, and it is mainly found in Namibia and South Africa. Since 2016 it is considered threatened by habitat loss.

It is a nocturnes frog, its size is around 4 to 6 centimetres, the sand stick on its skin most of the time and its voice seams very like the ones from a dogs toy, listen it here.

The frog’s total habitat range is smaller than 2,000 square kilometres, the land is fragmented so the number of individual frogs seems to be decreasing.

Their natural habitat is shrinking due to opencast diamond mining, road construction, as well as increased human settlement.

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