Frog of the Week

Indian Bullfrog (Hoplobatrachus tigerinus)

Indian Bullfrog – photo by ZME Science


Common Name: Indian Bullfrog or Indus Valley Bullfrog
Scientific Name: Hoplobactrachus tigerinus
Family: Dicroglossidae
Location: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka
Size: 6.9 inches or 170 mm

Indian Bullfrogs are usually not the bright yellow color pictured above. The males change to that color during the breeding season to attract mates. This is the usual, boring color of the frogs.

photo by  Saleem Hameed

These frogs spend most of their time on land, looking for food. They are voracious eaters, feeding on anything they fit in their mouth including other frogs, mice, small birds, and snakes. They also have vomerine teeth to hold the food in their mouth.


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