Banded bullfrog

These frogs don’t “croak”—their call sounds more like a dog’s bark!

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A distinctive and captivating creature found predominantly in Southeast Asia. This frog has charmed many with its round, chubby body and banded appearance. The Banded Bullfrog is quite robust and plump, with a body that can grow up to 8 cm (3 in) in diameter—almost the size of a small apple! They are typically dark brown or gray in color with darker-colored bands that wrap around their body, giving them their common name. One of their most notable features is their large, expressive eyes, which add to their endearing appearance.

These frogs are native to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia, including countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and parts of Indonesia. They thrive in lowland forests, agricultural areas, and even urban settings where there are suitable wetlands. During dry seasons, Banded Bullfrogs can burrow into the ground and enter a state of dormancy until the rains return.

Banded Bullfrogs are not picky eaters. They consume a variety of insects, such as crickets, ants, and beetles. They are sit-and-wait predators, meaning they will often remain still and wait for an unsuspecting insect to pass by before quickly snapping it up with their large, sticky tongue.

The Banded Bullfrog has a unique ability to survive dry periods. They can seal themselves in a cocoon made of shed skin and mud, which helps them retain body moisture. This fascinating survival strategy allows them to withstand harsh conditions until favorable weather returns.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Bangladesh
2020
Brunei
2020
Cambodia
2020
China
2020
Guam
2020
Introduced
Hong Kong
2020
India
2020
Indonesia
2020
Sumatera, Sulawesi, Kalimantan
Laos
2020
Macao
2020
Malaysia
2020
Sabah, Peninsular Malaysia
Myanmar
2020
Philippines
2020
Introduced
Singapore
2020
Taiwan
2020
Introduced: Main Island
Thailand
2020
Vietnam
2020

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No