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Bullfrog Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Amphibia
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Anura
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Ranidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Rana
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Rana Catesbeiana
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Amphibian
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Carnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
9cm - 15cm (3.5in - 6in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
300g - 500g (10.5oz - 17.6oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
17km/h (10mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
6 - 10 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, Green, Grey, Brown, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Permeable
Favourite Food:Insects
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Lakes, ponds, rivers and streams
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once
20,000
Main Prey:Insects, Spiders, Small Fish
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Snakes, Fish, Turtles
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Powerful legs and cow-like call

Bullfrog Location

Map of Bullfrog Locations

Bullfrog

The bullfrog is one of the most widely distributed frogs across the North American continent. The bullfrog is a medium-sized frog that is best known for it's loud cow-like calls, hence it's name.

Bullfrogs are found in a wide range of permanent freshwater habitats including ponds, swamps and lakes where the bullfrog tends to prefer to be closer to the banks rather than out in the open water. Bullfrogs also prefer to be in warmer climates rather than the cooler ones.

Today bullfrogs are being more and more commonly kept as pets and are even eaten by locals in some of the more southern regions of North America. Bullfrogs have also been introduced to other countries throughout the world where they have generally had a devastating impact on the local ecosystems.

Bullfrogs are carnivorous animals and bullfrogs have a diet that is meat-based. Bullfrogs are nocturnal hunters, hiding and resting during the day and actively hunting by night. Bullfrogs hunt a variety of insects and their larvae, eggs, spiders and even small fish. Some of the larger bullfrogs, today found in South Korea, have been even known to eat small snakes.

Due to the relatively small size of the bullfrog and the fact that its calls can be heard for some distance, the bullfrog has numerous different predators within its natural environment. Aquatic animals including large fish and river turtles are the most common predators of the bullfrog along with a number of snake species.

Bullfrog breeding occurs around late spring to early summer, when the male bullfrogs call out to the female bullfrogs attracting them into their territory. Once the bullfrogs have mated, the female bullfrog can lay around 20,000 eggs which float together on the surface of the water.

The bullfrog eggs hatch in less than a week, and thousands of bullfrog tadpoles emerge into the surrounding water. The tadpoles begin to develop limbs and start to look like adult frogs. This whole process can take anywhere from 3 months to 3 years, depending of where the bullfrog lives.

Bullfrogs are generally quite hardy animals and can get to be 10 years old in the wild. One bullfrog kept in captivity was said to have died at the age of 16!

Bullfrog Translations

Dansk
Amerikansk oksefrø
Deutsch
Amerikanischer Ochsenfrosch
English
Bullfrog
Esperanto
Taŭra rano
Español
Rana catesbeiana
Suomi
Härkäsammakko
Français
Ouaouaron
Magyar
Ökörbéka
Italiano
Lithobates catesbeianus
日本語
ウシガエル
Nederlands
Brulkikker
Norsk
Amerikansk oksefrosk
Polski
Żaba rycząca
Português
Rana catesbeiana
Svenska
Oxgroda
中文
美国牛蛙

Bullfrog Comments

Hugh Mungus
"They are very cool"
DANIEL
"these creatures are wonderfully amazing"
Anonymous
"THESE ANIMALS ARE WONDERFULLY GREAT"
Cearra
"I LOVE THESE FROGS!"
the fact critic
"Good... needs more facts about what they eat, more facts about adaptations, and very good habitat info"
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First Published: 16th December 2009, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 16 Dec 2009]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 16 Dec 2009]
4. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 16 Dec 2009]
5. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 16 Dec 2009]

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