Sclerophrys garmani Garman’s Toad
Also known as:
Leopard Toad, Square-marked Toad, Greater Cross-marked Toad
The genus Amietophrynus was split from Bufo by Frost et al in 2006. Later still, Sclerophrys was erected for some of these African toads.
Delamere Camp, Lake Elmenteita, KenyaJuly 16, 2000
Garman’s Toad (Sclerophrys garmani) Garman’s Toad (Sclerophrys garmani)
I saw these toads at night only, and took these pictures with a flash. A small creek meandered across the grass at this camp, periodically widening into small ponds with papyrus and other reedy plants. A long dry spell had been broken with some rain a day or two back, and two frog species were calling up a storm: this toad and a treefrog. The toad's call was a low-pitched, monotone, throaty croak.

I asked the camp staff naturalist about the frogs in the ponds and he said there were two kinds, little "acacia frogs" and big "savannah frogs". I presumed he meant the toads were the big ones, as I did not see or hear any third species. I could find neither "Acacia Frog" nor "Savannah Frog" (nor "Savannah Toad") on the web or in my herps common/scientific names book. These toads were basic toad size, probably between 3 and 4 inches long.

Due in part to a lack of comprehensive references, and in part to the poor quality of my photos, I didn't have a good guess for the identify of these toads until recently. Helpful people on iNaturalist pointed out that they seem to be Sclerophrys garmani.

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