Other Common Names: Platanna
Genus & Species: Xenopus laevis
Listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
Africa: Naturally occur in murky ponds in southern Africa with introduced populations in California, Chile, Great Britain, and many other areas.
Warm stagnant water in grasslands and streams in arid regions. Almost entirely aquatic and only leaves the water to migrate over land to a more permanent or deeper pond during Africa’s rainy season.
Scavenger: eating insects, larvae, organic waste, and dead or dying animals. It attacks anything that passes in front of it tearing it with its claws if necessary.
Lay hundreds of eggs which are stuck to substrate. 6-8 weeks to go from egg to tadpole to frog.