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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
  • Most amphibians are able to conduct gaseous exchange through their skin. This is called cutaneous respiration


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


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