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Why you should not mess with an African bullfrog?

Picture of an African bullfrog.

The African bullfrog

The African bullfrog is dangerous species of fighting frog (pyxichepalus adspersus).

It is usually found in certain areas of East, Central and Southern parts of  Africa.

Certain male Africa bullfrogs can weight over 2 kg, but the average weight is 1.5 kg.

Unlike other frog species, the female African bullfrog is a about half the size of the male.

In South Africa, such a frog is report to have attacked a housewife in her garden and then turned on her son who came to the rescue.

The woman said that the frog had “teeth like a shark’s.”

Is this true?


Once they get a grip, they hang on, rather like a bulldog.

There are two large incisors in the lower jaw and an array of needle-sharp teeth, angled backwards, in the upper jaw.

So, if you see a large frog while visiting the freshwater marshes or wet savanna areas of East, Central and southern parts of African, do not attempt to pick it up or touch it (unless you know how to professionally handle one like the picture about demonstrates).

If you do, then you could be in for a rude shock.