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frogs#8: Winter in New York

By handlerstudio  
The bad boy is the African Bull Frog. They have a video in the museum of one of his cousins (could have been him, for all I know) eating a mouse. I think he is not blind in that one eye, but rather that his nictating eyelid is down. He is big, really big. While I as looking at him, I observed to my wife that he looks like Jabba The Hut (from Star Wars, remember?) and a museum person walking by overheard me and said that that is what they call him. Struck me, that he might well have been the model for the Star Wars character, rather than the other way around.

Here is what the Museum of Natural History says about him:
Mean Green Eating Machine
African bullfrogs grow up to 8 inches in diameter and eat almost anything that moves. They are able to live without food or water for months by digging underground. When the rains arrive, they emerge to eat and mate. The male guards the tadpoles, which swim around him for protection. While protecting the swimming tadpoles, he also feeds on them. After metamorphosis, froglets often eat their smaller siblings.

African Bullfrog
Pyxicephalus adspersus

Class: Amphibia
Family: Pyxicephalidae
Size: Up to 8 inches in diameter
Food: Insects, reptiles, small mammals, other frogs
Range: Most of sub-Saharan Africa
Habitat: On the ground, anywhere water is likely to collect during a summer rain
Life Cycle: Females lay up to 4,000 eggs that hatch and develop into froglets 18 days later.

Thanks all for your votes on my last big frog...I suspect that for all his size, this guy is faster than yesterday's, though perhaps not quite as handsome.


Tags: Photo journalism Frog Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Humour and fun Jabba the Hut

Voters: jaktis, Bantu, Andysnapper and 23 more

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jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
27 Jan 2014 5:30AM
What a beauty Tongue


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Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
27 Jan 2014 5:44AM
Very fine closeup,relly deeply involved in frogs.
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
27 Jan 2014 6:33AM
I think I work with that bad boy.... Grin

Great shots and a really interesting animal.

ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
27 Jan 2014 6:52AM
An excellent capture...eye ball to eye ball with him Peter...not the prettiest frog around
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2014 9:00AM
Great write up Peter, great capturesSmile

Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2014 9:28AM
Definately the model for Jabba Peter. Almost a dead ringer. Grin Peter.
gss 2 1 Romania
27 Jan 2014 10:53AM
Great frog series! Very educative and interesting. (We know generally little about frogs)!
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
27 Jan 2014 3:24PM
Love the ''grumpy'' expression Peter !!
Good shots.
27 Jan 2014 3:44PM
Fabulous capture Peter, his grumpy expression made me smile GrinGrin

dudler Plus
13 464 881 England
27 Jan 2014 4:34PM
This one doesn't just look grumpy. He looks positively evil!

I am sure he's really not: but in terms of style, he's got Blofeld and Dr No well beaten...
rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2014 5:07PM
The stuff of nightmares I think, but wonderfully captured, Peter. Grin

dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 329 England
30 Jan 2014 10:43PM
Certainly looks mean and not one you'd want to meet on a dark night, figuratively speaking Grin

9 Apr 2014 4:05AM

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