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    African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis)

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    African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis)

    Post by sesrocker on April 26th 2009, 23:26



    Scientific Name: Xenopus laevis
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Amphibia
    Order: Anura
    Family: Pipidae
    Genus: Xenopus

    Distribution
    The species can be found throughout much of Africa, and in isolated, introduced populations in North America, South America, and Europe

    Physical Description
    It can grow up to 12 cm long with a flattened head and body, but no external ear or tongue. They are aquatic and often a yellowish, grey color. Albino varieties are sold as pets.

    Habitat
    These frogs are prefer ponds and rivers within the southeastern portion of Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Reproduction
    It takes them 1 - 2 years to reach sexual maturity. It has a large and easily manipulable embryo.

    As a Pet
    When African clawed frogs are imported into non-native countries, they can wreck entire ecosystems by eating native wildlife such as fish and turtles that have no natural defense against these creatures.

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