Scientific Name: Rana Catesbeiana
Colour: Black, Green, Grey, Brown, Yellow
Life Span: 6 - 10 years
Location: North America
Predator: Snakes, Fish, Turtles
Prey: Insects, Spiders, Small Fish
Size (L): 9cm - 15cm (3.5in - 6in)
Weight: 300g - 500g (10.5oz - 17.6oz)
Top Speed: 17km/h (10mph)
Habitat: Lakes, ponds, rivers and streams
The bullfrog is one of the most widely distributed frogs across the North American continent. The bullfrog is a medium-sized frog that is best known for it's loud cow-like calls, hence it's name.
Bullfrogs are found in a wide range of permanent freshwater habitats including ponds, swamps and lakes where the bullfrog tends to prefer to be closer to the banks rather than out in the open water. Bullfrogs also prefer to be in warmer climates rather than the cooler ones.
Today bullfrogs are being more and more commonly kept as pets and are even eaten by locals in some of the more southern regions of North America. Bullfrogs have also been introduced to other countries throughout the world where they have generally had a devastating impact on the local ecosystems.
Bullfrogs are carnivorous animals and bullfrogs have a diet that is meat-based. Bullfrogs are nocturnal hunters, hiding and resting during the day and actively hunting by night. Bullfrogs hunt a variety of insects and their larvae, eggs, spiders and even small fish. Some of the larger bullfrogs, today found in South Korea, have been even known to eat small snakes.
Due to the relatively small size of the bullfrog and the fact that its calls can be heard for some distance, the bullfrog has numerous different predators within its natural environment.