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Cape Rain Frog
Common Name Giant Rain Frog
Range South Africa
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Amphibia
Order Anura
Family Brevicipitidae
Genus Breviceps
Species Breviceps gibbosus
Conservation Status

The Cape rain frog or giant rain frog (Breviceps gibbosus), is a species of frog in the Brevicipitidae family. Krefft's Warty Frog


It is endemic to South Africa, where it occurs in the far south-western Cape, in Cape Town and northwards as far as Citrusdal.

In this area it inhabits Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, known as fynbos, renosterveld, pastureland on farms, rural gardens, and even urban areas. It seems to adapt well to suburban gardens, but like most frog species it is vulnerable to herbicide poisons and domestic pets.

It is threatened by causes of habitat loss, such as urban sprawl and spread of agriculture.

Life Cycle[]

The Cape Rain Frog lives underground and usually only emerges just before rains (from whence it got its common name). Local people consider it good luck. Its burrowing provides a role in aerating soil in the south west Cape. It feeds on worms and small insects. When alarmed, it usually inflates its body into a ball.

This species does not require open water to breed (in fact it cannot swim and will drown in placed in the water). Males call for the females, and after mating they lay fertilised eggs in a burrow. The females stand guard over the eggs until the young frogs are fully formed. They do not go through a stage of being tadpoles.