I AM writing in regard to the letter, “Can anyone identify frog?” (December 19). This is just a common painted reed frog (Hyperolius marmoratus).
It is widespread in South Africa along the coast. During the day these frogs turn pale white to keep cool from the sun and at night they turn darker/ brown.
Bayworld (formerly know as the Port Elizabeth Museum) has experts in the field of herpetology (amphibians and reptiles), as well as marine mammals, marine biology, local history and maritime archaeology. Part of our mission is to provide expert advice and an identification service to the public. For more information visit our website at www.bayworld.co.za or contact me directly.
Werner Conradie, museum natural scientist: herpetologist, Port Elizabeth Museum (Bayworld)