Common sand frog

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Common sand frog
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Pyxicephalidae
Genus: Tomopterna
T. cryptotis
Binomial name
Tomopterna cryptotis
(Boulenger, 1907)

The common sand frog (Tomopterna cryptotis) is a species of frog in the family Pyxicephalidae It is found in dryer (xeric) regions in sub-Saharan Africa. However, it is likely a cryptic species complex, and the distribution of the nominal Tomopterna cryptotis is poorly known.[2] IUCN list the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and possibly Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, and Guinea.[1]

Common sand frogs, as their name suggests, are common in suitable habitats. They inhabit areas with sandy soils along drainage lines in dry savanna, grassland and in semi-desert conditions. At higher altitudes they also inhabit montane grasslands. They breed in temporary pools, roadside puddles and oases.[1]


  1. ^ a b c IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2016). "Tomopterna cryptotis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T21136111A3073604. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T21136111A3073604.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Tomopterna cryptotis (Boulenger, 1907)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 4 March 2014.