The puffed up little creature’s bulging eyes, little limbs and short snout are not its only unusual features. As you can see in this video by wildlife photographer Dean Boshoff , this tiny desert frog can certainly make some noise. When threatened, the species belts out a high-pitched squeak making it one of the most adorable animals ever caught on camera.
Endemic to Namibia and South Africa, the amphibian’s habitat is the rolling sand dunes along a tiny 10 km wide strip of coastline. It’s an arid region, but the sea fog which commonly blankets the dunes brings in much needed moisture.
This frog is nocturnal and uses its back feet to burrow 20 cms down to the moist sand below. It’s here that it spends most of the day using its transparent belly to absorb the water. It emerges at night to cross the dune and feed on insect larvae and small beetles.
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Sadly, this little frog is under threat and is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. Its habitat is being lost to mining companies and road construction.
The Great Projects runs wildlife conservation projects around the world. These wildlife experts don’t currently operate a desert frog project, but they do have plenty of wildlife volunteering opportunities both in South Africa and Namibia.
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