This week’s Frog of the Week throws the spotlight on one of the larger amphibian species being featured during Frogs: Nature’s Messenger. Known as an African bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus), this big guys is – believe it or not – nicknamed the “pixie” frog thanks to its Latin name!
Native to Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nambia and South Africa and is typically found in savannas, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and freshwater lakes and marshes, this large frog is known to reach average weights of 3 – 4 pounds and 5 – 9.5 inches.
African bullfrogs are considered carnivorous and voracious eaters. They stay underground when it is too dry and hot, but during the rainy season they come to the surface and eat everything and anything, including their own species!
Look for African Bullfrogs, on exhibit in Zone A during Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, at Adventure Aquarium now through April 27.