All about the African frog
There are different types of African Frogs.
For example, there is the African Dwarf Frog. The African clawed Frog
and of course the African Bullfrog. All African frogs exist on a
An African frog will generally eat anything that it can fit in
it’s mouth. Rats, mice, insects, small birds, snakes and even
other frogs. The African Bullfrog is one of the largest frogs there
are, second only to the Rana goliath of the Congo.
They weigh up to 2 kilograms (4.4 lbs). Unlike other species of frog,
the Pyxicephalus adspersus male is larger than the female sometimes
exponentially. The male can be up to 24 cm (9.5 in.) long and the
females are about 12 cm (4.45 in.).
Their skin color is a dull green, males have yellow throats and the
females have a cream-colored throat. Juveniles differ in that they are
bright green and have a yellow stripe down their back. The stripe will
fade away as they mature which generally takes 1 1/2 to two tears.
Older frogs can be distinguished by there many skin folds. The body of
the frog is broad, with a short rounded snout, protruding jaw, and
tooth-like projections in its lower jaw. It has a huge mouth, sharp
teeth and very little webbing on its feet between it’s toes.
Another way that this bullfrog differs from other frogs is that it has
unusually strong hind legs, which it uses to dig holes in ground, so
that it can estivate during the dry season. It makes a dry, watertight
cocoon for itself, which keeps the evaporation of body fluids. The frog
loses approximately half of the water that a frog without a cocoon can
The frogs can actually survive for several months in very dry soil by
absorbing water stored directly to the bladder. When the rainy season
starts, moisture will seep into the ground and soak the cocoon. Once it
softens enough to split open, the frog will eat it.
The African Clawed frog is a unique family of frogs that lack a tongue
and a visible ear. The males also lack vocal cords. Instead of moveable
eyelids, a horny, transparent covering protects their eyes. The body is
flattened and the head is wedge-shaped and smaller than the body.
The African clawed frog's front limbs are tiny with unwebbed fingers
that are used to push food in the mouth. Its back legs are big and
webbed and have three inside toes on each foot with claws, this is how
they get their name.
While they may look like claws, they are not really claws but cornified
tips. The frog has smooth slippery skin, which is multicolored on its
back with blotches of olive gray or brown scattered throughout the
The underside is creamy white with a yellow tinge. The African Dwarf
frog are quite tiny, around 1.5 inches in length. The female,
as is often the case with frogs, can grow a bit larger, by half an
They are Native to Sub-Saharan Africa, the African Dwarf Frog
(Hymenochiru) also goes by the name of Aquatic Dwarf Frog. And
that’s because they live almost entirely underwater, though
they are air breathers as well and do emerge from the water every now
and then. There’s nothing really visually exciting about
African Dwarf frogs.
Certainly not in their physical coloration. The exception is their
interesting floating habit when in the water called the “Zen
position.” With arms and legs outstretched and one foot
balancing, it’s as if these frogs are meditating on some
sublime aspect of amphibious life. All African frogs possess something
unique and special.
Hope your African
Frog care goes well