Frog of the Week

Hairy Frog (Trichobatrachus robustus)

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Common Name: Hairy Frog or Horror Frog
Scientific Name: Trichobatrachus robustus
Family: Arthroleptidae
Location: Central Africa
Size: 4.3 inches or 110 mm

The hairy frog or horror frog (Trichobatrachus robustus) is a frog species native to central Africa. They are a member of the family Arthroleptidae in the suborder Neobatrachia. They get their name from the hair like structures that form on males during breeding season.

What makes these frogs interesting is that they have retractable “claws”. They aren’t true claws because they are actually bone not keratin. When the frog is threatened, they break their bones in their feet and the sharp bones project out. Its like Wolverine from X-men.

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