African Clawed Frog

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African clawed frog
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Amphibia
Order:Anura
Family:Pipidae
Genus:Xenopus
Species:X. laevis
Binomial name
Xenopus laevis
Daudin, 1802

The African clawed frog is a species of South African aquatic frog of the genus Xenopus. It is up to 12 cm long with a flattened head and body but no tongue. Its name derives from its three short claws on each of its hind feet, which it probably uses to stir up mud to hide it from predators.

African clawed frogs as pets

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An immature pigmented African Clawed Frog.

In recent years African Clawed Frogs have become popular pets. Often confused with the much smaller African Dwarf Frog, the clawed frog has webbing on its back feet but has four unwebbed fingers on each front foot. Females grow to an average of 5" snout to vent; males are generally smaller, around 3.5"-4". They are social frogs and should be kept with others of their species. Highly carnivorous, they will attack and eat any fish kept with them. African Clawed Frogs should be kept in 10 gallons of water per frog, and are completely aquatic. A well fitting lid is required for keeping clawed frogs, as they can leap out of most tank set-ups. As with fish-keeping, it is necessary to closely monitor water quality and change water weekly in order to keep these frogs healthy. If properly cared for, African Clawed Frogs can live over 15 years.

A common mis-labeling in pet shops is the "African Dwarf Clawed Frog". Dwarf Frogs and Clawed Frogs are two independent species.

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