Painted reed frogs
Frogs belong to the class Amphibia. A frequent resident of natural pans and more permanent water is the delightful and colourful painted reed frog (Hyperolius marmoratus). It is striking with it’s yellow, black and orange stripes and is usually seen clinging to reed stalks. It usually aligns itself so that its stripes are vertical and it is rendered less visible with the vertical background of stalks and stems. The toes have adhesive discs, which enables it to cling successfully to vertical surfaces. It has a distinctive and loud piercing whistle. They feed mainly on insects and are themselves prone to predation by larger frogs such as the bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus), which is also a common resident of seasonal pans, reptiles, herons, egrets and storks.