The black rain frog looks like the saddest frog in the world but that’s not really the case.
The black rain frogs, which look like comical frowning avocados, are only found on the southern slopes of the Cape Fold Belt in South Africa at elevations of up to over 3,300 feet.
Perhaps one of the cutest frogs in the world, they are known for their adorably sad faces that appear to be locked in permanent disappointment.
The grumpy looking frogs are small little amphibians that measure about 50 mm from snout to rear. They are round with short legs and toes and have a very sad face with their smile forever turned upside down.
When distressed or trying to be dislodged from their den, they puff themselves up, looking hilariously angry at the world.
Deep in the Cape Fold Mountains, they occupy forest floors and mountain slopes in the Southern tip of South Africa. They like to burrow and can often be found in tunnels reaching 150 mm deep.
The cute little frogs can also be found in thick vegetation and don’t need bodies of water to survive. They hide to protect themselves from their main predator, the local brushpig and colubrid snake.
The little frowners breed in African summer, staring in October and lasting through to February. During that time, they are a noisy bunch and the males call from deep within the burrows with chirps.
The males are also responsible for guarding about 43 of their little yellow eggs until the new batch of grumpy looking froglets hatch out and join the world.
We hope their adorable lack of smiles brings a big smile to you. Please share with your family and friends.
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