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African Bullfrog
Pyxicephalus adspersus

Habitat: Arid and semi-arid habitats

Range: Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Natural Diet: Insects, amphibians, reptiles, small birds and small mammals

Status in the Wild: Common


Fun Facts

  • African bullfrog males can get to the size of dinner plates while females are smaller in size

  • They are highly adaptable to a diverse range in temperature since they live in the Kalahari desert

  • Males are known to dig channels when the water pool containing tadpoles starts to dry up. The channels helps tadpoles move into a larger body of water

  • African bullfrogs have powerful hindlegs that they use to burrow since they estivate underground

  • They are highly carnivorous and have large mouths through which they fit such as small birds, small mammals, small reptiles, and other frogs

  • They have a large skull and jaws which they use to effortlessly restrain their prey


Conservation Threats

  • The major threats are habitat loss due to urbanization.

  • Illegal hunting and trapping for consumption also has a detrimental influence on their wild numbers


African bull frogs can grow to be as big as a dinner plate.



Distributional range - they are found in arid habitats in southern Africa