American bullfrog

American bullfrog

Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Lithobates catesbeianus
WEIGHT
0.5 kg
LENGTH
460 mm

The American bullfrog, often simply known as the bullfrog in Canada and the United States, is a large true frog native to eastern North America. It typically inhabits large permanent water bodies such as swamps, ponds, and lakes. Bullfrogs can also be found in man made habitats such as pools, koi ponds, canals, ditches and culverts. The bullfrog gets its name from the sound the male makes during the breeding season, which sounds similar to a bull bellowing. The bullfrog is large and is commonly eaten throughout its range, especially in the southern United States where they are plentiful. Their presence as a food source has led to bullfrogs being distributed around the world outside of their native range. Bullfrogs have been introduced into the Western United States, South America, Western Europe, China, Japan, and southeast Asia. In these places they are invasive species due to their voracious appetite and the large number of eggs they produce, having a negative effect on native amphibians and other fauna. Bullfrogs are very skittish which makes capture difficult and so they often become established. Other than for food, bullfrogs are also used for dissection in science classes. Albino bullfrogs are sometimes kept as pets, and bullfrog tadpoles are often sold at pond or fish stores.

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No

Nocturnal

Ca

Carnivore

Te

Territorial

Te

Terrestrial

Ov

Oviparous

Ju

Jumping

Am

Ambush predator

Po

Polygyny

Hi

Hibernating

No

Not a migrant

A

starts with

Climate zones

Diet and Nutrition

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR
BABY CARRYING
20000

References

1. American bullfrog Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_bullfrog
2. American bullfrog on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/58565/53969770

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