Western Clawed Frog

Western Clawed Frog

Western Clawed Frog is a species of African frogs that are known for their vibrant coloration and granular pattern on their bodies.

Scientific Name Xenopus tropicalis

Classification – Xenopus

Gender Names – Male – male; Female – female; Baby – tadpole

Collective Noun – Knot

Length/Size – 28 to 55 mm (1.1 to 2.2 in)

Life Expectancy – Up to 9 years in the wild and up to 20 in captivity

Mating Season  Up to 4 times a year, but mostly in spring

Special Features  The webbed feet have horny claws to catch small preys

Geographical Distribution – Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Mali, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo, and Nigeria

Natural Habitat – Usually in tropical and sub-tropical forests, living by the edges of slow-moving streams

Conservation Status – Least Concern, Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Critically Endangered, Endangered

Diet – Primarily insect larvae, earthworms and tadpoles

Predators – Larger frogs, snakes and birds of prey