Happy #FrogFriday! And the species in the spotlight is the Giant Bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus). The Giant Bullfrog belongs to the Ranidae family. It is also known as the pixie frog due to its Latin name. It is 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 savannah, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, intermittent freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater marshes, arable land, pastures, and canals and ditches.

This is a large frog, with males weighing about 1.4 kilograms, although they can easily exceed 2 kilograms! Females are half the size, making it unique among frogs as in most amphibians females are usually larger than males.

The Giant Bullfrog is carnivorous and a voracious eater, eating insects, small rodents, reptiles, small birds and other amphibians. This frog is also aggressive and has been known to bite when provoked. They emit a loud croaking sound. Here is a short video clip from the BBC Life series about the Giant Bullfrog – http://youtu.be/5jyVYpQBCDs – narrated by David Attenborough

Frog Fridays celebrate the amazing diversity of frogs and toads in the southern African region. Click here to learn more about the Animal Demography Unit.

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