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Horned Frog

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Horned Frog Facts

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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
Ceratophrys Ornata
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
14-20cm (5.5-8in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
320-480g (11.2-17oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
8km/h (5mph)
How long the animal lives for
5-8 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Brown, White, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Permeable scales
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Rainforest and tropical swamplands
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Worms, Roaches, Insects
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Birds, Snakes, Bears
Special Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Bumpy skin and long, sticky tongue

Horned Frog Location

Map of Horned Frog Locations
Map of South America

Horned Frog

There are two main species of Horned Frog, the Argentine horned frog and the Cranwells horned frog, both of which are found in the wetland areas of Argentina on the tip of South America.

The Argentine horned frog is also commonly known as the Argentine wide-mouthed Frog or Pacman frog, and is the most common species of horned frog. The Argentine horned frog is native to the rain forests of Argentina but can now be commonly found throughout Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

The Argentine horned frog is most well known for being a voracious eater, as the horned frog will attempt to swallow anything that moves close to the horned frogs wide mouth. The horned frog tends to hunt things such as insects, small birds and mammals, lizards and other frogs, and the horned frog is often very greedy with its selection.

The Cranwells horned frog is also originally from Argentina but is hard to find elsewhere as the Cranwells horned frog is an extremely popular exotic pet particularly in North America. This is because the horned frog is a very hardy species of frog, making the horned frog one of the easier exotic pets to look after.

The horned frog is commonly known as the Pacman frog due the horned frogs very close resemblance to the characters in the Pacman video game.

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First Published: 20th January 2009, Last Updated: 10th September 2018

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