Visiting African bullfrog

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mauritsvw Senior Member • Posts: 1,024
Visiting African bullfrog

It was a pleasant surprise when this bullfrog visited my porch the other night looking for food (the porch light attracts insects).

These bullfrogs (Pyxicephalus adspersus) can apparently grow up to 2 kilograms if it's a male (females are smaller), and can also be quite aggressive. Therefore I was a bit wary of handling it. My partner and me used two LED torches to light it while taking photos. The yellow underbelly indicates it's a male.

Also visiting at the same time was this more common cousin, a Karoo toad (Bufo gariepensis), I think.

A few years back, we had a very good breeding season for bullfrogs thanks to a wet season, and one day before I could mow my back lawn, I first had to collect all the little bullfrogs hiding in the grass. I counted 45, and took this picture before releasing them elsewhere. They're actually quite cute, with bright green stripes along their backs. Here they are:

The first two pics taken with K5 and Sigma 17-70, and the last one with MX and M50 1.7.

Frog trivia: 1. A group of toads is called a knot. 2. The world record for the longest triple jump by a
frog is held by a sharp nosed ridge frog (Ptychadena oxyrhynchus) named Santjie, which jumped 33 feet 5 and a half inches at a South African frog jumping derby in 1977.

Hope you enjoyed the pics.



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