Frogs in the genus Arthroleptis are often referred to as “squeakers.” This is because of the distinctive insect-like call they make and are also called cricket or screeching frogs. They are usually small, most about the size of a baby’s thumb, with the smallest squeaker measuring merely 15mm in length. The Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua) measures up to 50mm, making it the largest squeaker in the whole of West Africa. As it is about three times the size of the smallest squeaker it must be nothing less than a “GIANT.”
The Giant Squeaker Frog mainly differs from other squeakers in its much broader head. Their color can vary but most of them are golden brown, making the Giant Squeaker Frog possibly the world’s most beautiful squeaker. Unlike other squeakers they also have a distinctive “hour-glass pattern” on their back and rounded black spots on their belly. But as far as their reproduction is concerned, they are presumed to be like all other squeakers: they are among the few frogs in the world that are direct developers, meaning they bypass the tadpole stage! They lay their eggs on leaf-litter, which then hatch directly into baby frogs called froglets that resemble their parents in every way except for their tiny size. But mind you, a baby Giant Squeaker Frog may be about the same size or even bigger than the adults of some other squeakers. Again, it is the simple reason the Giant Squeaker Frog is “GIANT’.
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