Western Leopard Toad (Amietophrynus pantherinus)

The beautiful and Endangered Western Leopard Toad is endemic to the Cape Peninsula. The species is known from only a very small range. This area is continually being reduced as a result of urban expansion within the City of Cape Town and Overstrand.

Each year, usually between August and September, this species undergoes spectacular migration from its terrestrial habitat to suitable nearby breeding sites.

Most of the breeding sites are located within low-lying areas, within 25 km of the sea, in suburbs that are surrounded by road networks, with the result that many hundreds of toads are killed each year by vehicles as they traverse between sites (see www.leopardtoad.co.za for year-on-year stats compiled by SANBI).

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What does the Western Leopard Toad sound like? Link to sound clip