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:

Og (Male) – Date of Birth Unknown
Nog (Female) – Date of Birth Unknown

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!

Due to needing time to set up for our Wine in the Wilderness Event, on June 3rd the zoo will be closing to the public at 1pm! We will reopen our doors at 6pm for the event! Event tickets will still be purchasable at our gift shop during this time!