Mottled Shovel-Nosed Frog
Frogs | Namibia
Introduction: Mottled shovel-nosed frog (Hemisus marmoratus) inhabit marshy grounds and in sandy riverbanks in bushveld savannah. Their call is a long, high-pitched buzz, males calling from their underground burrow or hidden amongst vegetation.
Distribution: Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) only
Diet: Earthworms, spiders and other insects.
Colouration: Marmoratus is a Latin word meaning 'covered in marble' referring to the mottled light grey, yellowish or grey background with grey or brown marbling. The underside is smooth and white.
Breeding: Tadpoles grow up to 55mm and emerge from the jelly capsules after around 8 days. It is the mother that carries or digs a canal for the eggs to reach water. In the dry season, egg development can take up to 8 weeks.
Maximum size: 55mm.
23 Days - Visits everything between the Fish River Canyon (in the south) to the Zambezi Region (in the north) and still has time to head via the Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls. Ideal for the first time visitor wanting to pack as much into their trip as possible
19 Days - a good choice for those wishing to experience the best parts of Namibia & Botswana. For good measure a visit to the Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls is also include. Departs from Windhoek & ends either at Vic Falls or back in Windhoek
15 Days - Our 'mobile safaris' offer a slightly more comfortable camping experience than the other itineraries on these pages. Alternating departures run between Windhoek & Victoria Falls visiting Chobe National Park, Etosha Park, a himba village, the coastal town of Swakopmund and the Sossusvlei sand dunes.
14 Days - When we first designed a Namibian trip this was the itinerary, it still works brilliantly and is our most popular safari. Runs from Windhoek to Windhoek and includes all the major tourist attractions
12 Days - This mobile safari takes in the most popular attractions. Including the Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, Kaokoland (and a visit to a Himba settlement) the Skeleton Coast & Sossusvlei