African Dwarf Bull Frogs. African Safari
African Dwarf Bull Frogs African Safari
In all the years of being on safari in Africa, I have never had the opportunity to witness the mating of the African Dwarf Bull Frogs. I recall all the questions I had to answer about frogs, calls, Amplexus, and habits, when I took my exam to be a nature guide in Africa. What a pleasure it was to witness all that I had learned. To see, hear, and photograph it first hand was such a wonderful natural experience. These amazing creatures survive some of the driest and difficult conditions underground while waiting for the rains to start. These amphibians dig a hole and bury themselves in a sort of cocoon that protects them for very long periods of time, however when the rain starts, they get busy looking for mates, breeding, laying eggs, and eating. An African Photo safari is exciting with all the Lions, Elephants and Rhinos, but lets not forget about the small guys. They can be just as rewarding to photograph and in some cases a lot harder to find. These little versions of the African Bull frog can be very shy, and tuff to photograph, remaining quiet and having a bit of patience was surly in order. This was our last morning on safari and we were in a bit if a hurry to get back to the lodge, however we did get to spend 20 to 30 min with these guys and it paid off. After these frogs move into the water and begin the mating they will lay approx 4000 eggs, which will hatch in as little as 2 days. The difficult part is it can take 2 to 4 weeks to complete the metamorphosis from tadpole into frog. Join us at Idube Photo Safaris for a great African photography workshop and African Safari.