Frog of the Week

Zaire Dwarf Clawed Frog (Hymenochirus boettgeri)

Zaire Dwarf Clawed Frog
Photo by Mwatro

Common Name: Zaire Dwarf Clawed Frog or Congo Dwarf Clawed Frog
Scientific Name: Hymenochirus boettgeri
Family: Pipidae – Tongueless Frog family
Location: Cameroon, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and Nigeria
Size: 1.4 inches (35 mm), females larger than males

The Zaire Dwarf Clawed Frog is part of the group of frogs referred to as the Dwarf Clawed Frogs in the pet trade. It is the most common species of the Dwarf Clawed Frogs in the pet trade.

The Zaire Dwarf Clawed Frog is an aquatic species of frog. They only come up to the surface every few hours to take a breath. They spend their days in shaded pools in lowland rainforests. Like other members of the family Pipidae, they lacks teeth and a tongue.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List categorizes the frog as Least Concern for Extinction. They have a wide range which they are abundant throughout.

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