Endangered Western Leopard Toad Hot

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The Western Leopard Toad is an endangered species. It lives in Cape Town and breeds in a few short weeks in August/September each year.

The toads migrate to suitable ponds to mate and can cover fairly large distances in an evening. Living in an urban environment leaves them vulnerable to getting squashed by vehicles as they cross roads. It is not difficult to hear if the toads are busy breeding as they make quite a noise.

If you have breeding toads near you please keep an eye out. Visit http://www.leopardtoad.co.za for more information on the toads.

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Photographed at 190mm focal length with a 12mm Kenko extension tube attached. External Speedlight infrared beam used to focus in the dark.
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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.