African Bullfrog

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Pyxicephalus adspersus

Habitat: African bullfrogs are native to the savannas, scrublands, and tropical swamps of Central and South Africa.

Diet: An African bullfrog will eat anything that will fit in its mouth including large insects, other frogs, spiders, and even small mammals or birds.

Size: 0.3 to 0.8 feet long

Weight: 2 to 5 pounds

Lifespan: 20 years in the wild. Up to 40 years in human care.

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Least Concern – a species determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be pervasive, abundant, and thriving.

Our African Bullfrog:

Veruca (Female) – Born 2009

Did You Know?!

  • African bullfrogs are a large species of frog with males easily weighing over 3 pounds and females about half the size. Adult (male) frogs can be larger than the size of a dinner plate!
  • There are only three species of frogs that do have teeth and the bullfrog is one of them.
  • African bullfrogs are ambush predators and prefer to sit in shallow water or mud and wait for unsuspecting prey to pass by.
  • In dry conditions, the African bullfrog will burrow under the ground and surround itself with a moist cocoon. Frogs can stay like this for quite some time until a rainstorm moves in.
  • Male bullfrogs actually guard their eggs after the female has laid them in the temporary ponds.
  • In Jurassic Park, Dr. Grant used African Bullfrogs to clone his dinosaurs!