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African Clawed Frog

(Xenopus laevis)


Category: Amphibians



This species of frog is completely aquatic and has no tongue or teeth. They shove food into their mouth and down their throats using their hands, or suck in their food (which can be almost anything) using a hyobranchial pump system. They are common in the ponds and rivers in the south-eastern portion of Sub-Saharan Africa, and are also popular as aquarium pets.

Find more information about the African Clawed Frog at Wikipedia and Reptiles Magazine.


Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Anura
Family - Pipidae
Genus - Xenopus
Kingdom - X. laevis

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