African Clawed Frog

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Range
Native to Southern Africa; there are also substantial introduced populations in California, Chile, Great Britain and many other areas of the world

Habitat
African clawed frogs are almost entirely aquatic, living in warm, stagnant grassland ponds as well as in streams in arid and semi-arid regions. This frog thrives in temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Distinguishing Characteristics
Body is flattened with a small, wedge-shaped head. Its small front limbs are not webbed, but its hind legs are large and webbed. The three inside toes on either foot have claws. It lacks a tongue and a visible ear.

Dietary Classification
Diet in the Zoo: specialized frog pellets

Diet in the Wild: arthropods

Life Span
Can live 15-16 years in the wild and captive frogs can live up to 20 years

Behavior/Adaptations
This frog uses extremely sensitive fingers, an acute sense of smell, and its lateral line systems (usually found in fish to detect vibrations in the water) to locate food. It can migrate to new ponds when another dries up.

Status
Listed as a species of least concern by the IUCN. African clawed frogs have been accidentally introduced into several countries where they have thrived.