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African Bullfrog, Pyxicephalus adspersus

The African Bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) is a species of frog belonging to the Ranidae family. It is known also as the pixie frog because of its Latin name.

It can be found in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and possibly Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Its natural habitats include dry and moist savanna, tropical or subtropical dry shrubland, intermittent freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater marshes, arable land, pastureland, canals, and ditches.

This frog is of large size, with the males measuring about 3.1 pounds, though they can easily exceed 4.4 pounds. The females are only half the size of the males, making it unique among other frogs as in most amphibians, the females are normally larger than the males. The males can reach 10 inches while the females only reach about 6 inches.

The African Bullfrog is carnivorous and an avid eater, consuming insects, small rodents, reptiles, small birds, and other amphibians. This frog is aggressive as well and has been known to bite when provoked. An African Bullfrog that was kept at the Pretoria Zoo within South Africa once at 17 baby cobras.

These frogs emit a loud croaking noise.

This frog is an exotic pet in many countries around the world, and owning one is not prohibited by any laws.

Image Caption: African bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) in the New England Aquarium, Boston MA. Credit: Steven G. Johnson/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

African Bullfrog Pyxicephalus adspersus


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