African bullfrogs are one of the largest species of frogs. Males of the species can grow over 9 inches (24 cm) in length and weigh over 3 pounds (1.4 kg)! One can easily understand the fascination with these large amphibians. However, do they make good pets?
The answer is a little complicated. They are relatively easy to care for and are interesting creatures to observe. However, they generally dislike being handled by humans. It can be dangerous for both you and the frog if you handle them too often
So, if you aren’t looking for a hands-on pet and enjoy observing amphibian behavior, then an African bullfrog may be a good pet for you. Read on to learn more.
What Is an African Bullfrog?
The African bullfrog is also known as the pixie frog. They are one of the three largest frog species on the planet. The male can reach over 9 inches, while females typically only reach around half that size (a characteristic that is not normal for frogs). In the wild, they are found throughout Africa.
They are carnivores that will eat anything that moves, including, at times, their own young. However, in most instances male bullfrogs don’t eat their tadpoles and guard them from other threats. Their diet includes insects, rodents, reptiles, birds, fish, and other frogs. They have sharp teeth and strong jaws. As tadpoles, their diet is omnivorous. That being said, tadpoles will try to eat smaller tadpoles if the opportunity arises.
The male bullfrog is known for his incredibly loud croaking call. If you’ve ever been near a swamp where a bullfrog lives, you’re probably familiar with the echoing roar of their call. The African bullfrog makes the same kinds of noises as many other bullfrogs.
Temperament as Pets
Risks of Keeping an African Bullfrog as a Pet
African bullfrogs are typically docile when left alone. However, if they are irritated or threatened, problems can occur. There are several risks to keeping and handling an African bullfrog, including:
Yes, African bullfrogs can be kept as pets in the right conditions. They are not pets for handling, however. That said, they are low-maintenance, requiring a clean, temperature- and humidity-controlled aquarium and food.
If you’re looking for a hands-off pet that will live for many years, an African bullfrog might be a good choice for you.
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