African Albino Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis)



The African Albino Clawed Frog is also known as an African Albino Clawed Toad or African Albino Claw-Toed Frog.     These frogs are found throughout most of Africa, and in isolated, introduced populations in North America, South America, and Europe.   They are completely aquatic creatures, that heavily populate the rivers, lakes, streams and ponds within their range.

Typically, these frogs sport greenish grey colors but the Albino\’s are a solid creamy white color. Albino varieties are considered to be a color mutation developed in captivity.   These clawed frogs are the only amphibians to have actual claws.  They have a flattened head and body, but no tongue or ears.   Although, they lack true ears, they have lateral lines running down the length of the body and underside, which is how they can sense movements and vibrations in the water.   Usually, these frogs reach approximately 5 inches in length. They carry a reputation for their powerful legs, that benefits them in swimming and lunging after prey.

The African Albino Clawed Frog use their clawed hands to shove food in their mouth and down their throat.   Their claws are also beneficial to tear pieces of large food.   Another method of eating that these frogs have, is to draw or suck prey into their mouths in a “pump” like motion.   These creatures hunt for food by using their sensitive fingers, sense of smell and lateral line system to find food.       They will also scavenge for food and will eat almost anything living, dying or dead and any type of organic waste.   They even eat their own skin that they shed each year.


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