Its skin may vary from pale
grey-brown, olive-brown, dull green on its back, with darker patches. The back
is smooth or slightly rough or warty in appearance. Look for the distinct pale
stripe that runs along the spine. There is often a dark lateral head stripe.
male frogs breeding call sounds like the bleating of sheep.
The tadpoles of the Mains Frog are fairly large, varying in colour from
orange-gold, copper pink over a grey base, dense grey-gold or dull gold with
Some environmental situations, such as the tadpoles living in a small
amounts of water, which would naturally heat to higher temperatures, is known to
trigger the tadpoles to develop at a faster rate, developing into adults frogs
within 14 days.
It could have been just the wrong pool of water, overcrowding, insufficient food
or the strength of the midday sun that saw the demise of these tadpoles.
This seemingly hurried lifecycle from egg to tadpole to adult frogs
is a common feature of frogs from the arid and desert region, as water when it
does fall is usually only around for a brief period. Nowhere is it more evident
then seeing a former pool of water, drying out, still filled with tadpoles that did not
grow quick enough to complete their lifecycle.
The frog feeds mainly on insects, particularly termites, which a single frog may
eat at the rate of several hundred per meal.4