Frog of the Week

African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis)



Common Name: African clawed frog
Scientific Name: Xenopus laevis
Family: Pipidae
Native Locations: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Estonia, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Introduced: Chile, France, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States.
Size: Up to 5 inches

African Clawed frogs are a common frog in the pet trade since they are relatively easy to take care of. They are fully aquatic frogs, only coming to the surface to take a breath of air. They are part of the family Pipidae, which are the tongueless frogs.

African clawed frogs are an invasive species since they are predators and can easily adapt to new environments. They have been banned as pets in Arizona, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, Hawaii, Nevada, and Washington. The African Clawed Frog might also be a carrier of Chytrid Fungus and invasive frogs could be spreading it.

They are often confused with African Dwarf frogs, but the African Clawed frog’s front fingers aren’t webbed, they have eyes positioned on top of their head, and they have curved, flat snouts.


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