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African clawed frog

Scientific name: Xenopus laevis

Habitat: ponds, lakes, marshes, rain pools, streams, reservoirs, ditches

Diet:  living/dead insects, crustaceans, small fish, tadpoles, plant matter

Life span: up to 15 years (20 years in captivity)

Young: up to 1,000 eggs/clutch

Size: 60 to 200 g (2.11-7.04 oz); females larger than males

This nocturnal frog is unique in having clawed toes. Lacking a tongue, it uses these specialized toes to stuff food into its mouth.

The African clawed frog lives in water and is unable to hop on land. They have been introduced in many areas. Biologists believe they are the origin of the spread of chytrid fungus, an infectious disease that affects amphibians worldwide. It causes sporadic deaths in some populations and 100% mortality in others. Their skin produces a type of antibiotic which may have medical uses for humans.

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African clawed frog on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Africa

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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