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Flat-backed toad

Frogs | Namibia

Introduction: Flat-backed toads (Amietophrynus maculatus) favour shallow, or slow-moving water bodies such as rivers, weirs and dams, typical of lowveld grassland and savannah vegetation.

Distribution: The entire northern reaches of Namibia, including Epupa Falls, Ruacana Falls, the Kavango region, Rundu and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip).

Diet: Ants, termites and spiders.

Colouration: Maculatus is Latin for 'spot', which refers to the spots on the back. The upperparts are light to dark brown. Dark brown patches on the snout and behind the eyes. The skin is covered with warts. The underside is an off-white with dark grey speckles.

Breeding: Tadpoles grown to a length of around 17mm. Development is complete after 2 weeks.

Maximum size: 80mm.

Epupa Camp

A luxury camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

Set high on the hill above the settlement of Epupam offers good views of the Kunene River and surrounding area.

Omarunga Camp

A comfortable tented camp close to the Epupa falls, the big swimming pool is a welcome relief from this area's usual heat.

Lodges at Sossusvlei