African Clawed Frog
Native to Africa
Warm, stagnant pools
Up to 15 years
Up to 7 oz, 4.5 inches
Adults are scavengers; tadpoles are filter feeders
African clawed frogs are native to parts of Africa but they have become invasive in many areas including the US, Britain, and Chile largely due to the pet trade. Their name comes from three short claws on their hind feet that are used to stir up mud to hide from predators. African clawed frogs are scavengers and will eat almost anything they see including arthropods, larvae, water insects, crustaceans, small fish, tadpoles, worms, and snails. The tadpoles are filter feeders. African clawed frogs are very adaptable and can lie dormant in dried ponds for around a year. They are very useful in laboratory research due to the amount of eggs they can lay.
You can see our African clawed frogs in Unseen New World.