North American Bullfrog

North American Bullfrog - Lithobates catesbeianusLithobates catesbeianus

Description: Bullfrogs grow on average to be about 3 and a half to 6 inches (9-15 cm) long in bodylength (although there are records of some as big as 8 inches), legs add another 7-10 inches (17 – 25 cm) to length.

Range:  They are found across most of the United States, except for a few states in the midwest.

Habitat: This is a frog of larger, permanent water bodies, swamps, ponds, lakes, where it is usually found along the water’s edge.

Diet:
Wild: The bullfrog preys on any animal it can overpower and fit down its throat. Bullfrog stomachs have been found to contain rodents, small turtles, snakes, frogs including bullfrogs, birds, even a bat, as well as the many invertebrates which are their usual food.
Zoo: Crickets and small mice.

Reproduction: Fertilization is external in ranid frogs. The female bullfrog deposits her eggs in the water and the male simultaneously releases sperm. Breeding begins in late spring or early summer. Males defend and call from territories, attracting females into a territory to mate. A female may produce up to 20,000 eggs in one clutch.