Marbled Snout-burrower (Hemisus marmoratus)


Marbled Snout-burrower (Hemisus marmoratus) is a member of the family Hemisotidae, the shovelnose frogs. It is found in many countries in Africa including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Marbled Snout-burrowers reach lengths of 1.3 inches. The frogs are adapted to digging burrows frontwards instead of backwards like other frogs. During the rainy season, the males comes to water bodies and start calling. Once a male pairs with a female, they go dig a burrow for the eggs, even with the male grasping the female. Once the eggs are laid, the female protects the nest while the male leaves. They eat ants and termites.


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