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Ghost Frogs: Heleophrynidae

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NATAL GHOST FROG (Heleophryne natalensis): SPECIES ACCOUNT

Ghost frogs live in and around South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains, where some of the world's highest waterfalls are found.

The ghost frogs may make their homes among the forests and sometimes grasslands of the Drakensberg mountain range, which are the highest mountains in South Africa. They can be found from sea level up the mountains' steep slopes to 9,843 feet (3,000 meters), but usually in an area with a swift, rocky river or stream, which is where they mate and have their young.

The adult diet includes various insects, snails, and other invertebrates (in-VER-teh-brehts), or animals with no backbone, as well as smaller frogs. They apparently are not cannibalistic (can-ih-bull-ISS-tik), which means that they do not eat members of their own species. The tadpoles are vegetarians and eat algae (AL-jee) that they scrape off underwater rocks. Algae are plantlike growths that live in water but have no true roots, leaves, or stems.

People rarely see these frogs.

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Animal Life ResourceAmphibians