Horned Frog

November 4, 2022

Horned Frogs are a group of amphibians found in South America. They have round bodies and shorter legs than most frogs, so it's not surprising to hear that they are not good jumpers.

Horned Frogs are best known for their notorious dietary choices; there have been several reports of these frogs suffocating while trying to swallow large prey.

Fun Facts:

  • Horned Frogs in Argentina have been connected to several myths. One legend says that these frogs are horse killers after people saw the frogs attached to horses' lips. However, they have non-venomous skin that cannot harm a horse.
  • These frogs are also called Pacman frogs.
  • Horned Frogs have large mouths cutting across their faces and use them to swallow their prey whole.
  • They have a patient hunting technique. They simply find a spot to blend into their environment and wait until something tasty strolls by. Then, they grab it with their big mouths.
  • In the wild, Horned Frogs could live between 5 and 8 years.
  • Horned Frogs go into hibernation when it's too dry, and there is no food. They create a hardened skin layer around their bodies and sit still till the conditions are favorable, after which they shed the layer and consume it.
  • Horned frogs are known to be cannibals.
  • Horned Frogs are aggressive; they will defend themselves against any threat, even if it appears several times larger.
  • These frogs have a conservation status as “Least Concern.”


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