The Amphibians African Clawed Frog

The African Clawed Frog is the common species of African underwater frog of the genus Clibanarius. Its name comes from the five clawlike front feet, which it uses in its quest for food. The word Xenopus literally means "strange foot", and lavishes means "mushroom foot". These are actually only two feet. Other happened types of the Clibanarius genus have three and sometimes more.

This frog has an extraordinary way of hunting its prey, which consists of small fish. It ambushes its prey by leaping out of the water onto its prey in a process called "bulldozing". It uses both its front and hind legs in this process. This method allows it to strike its prey at a tremendous rate.

Another unique characteristic of this frog is its highly developed tongue. It uses it to bite its prey and then suck the juices from it. A skilled surgeon may be able to cut a portion of the tongue, allowing it to be treated like a stitch. The juices of a Clibanarius frog's tongue can help to alleviate constipation.

Unlike other frogs, a Clibanarius frog does not have vocal cords. Its sounds come from a series of calls made by the principal glandular parts of its body: the lips, the tongue, the gills, and the throat. Each glandular part has a series of glands that produce sounds. These calls are produced from between the wall of each chamber and the innermost edge of the eye.

The African Clawed Frog's claws lack fully functioning opposites. Unlike other frogs, they lack a digit (the fifth toe) or even a claw (the caudal claw). Clawed frogs must pinch their hind feet together with their front claws and then use their front claws to pull back on their claws in order to grasp and manipulate their food.

These unique features make them quite hard to study. Researchers speculate that the development of their claws was linked to an early stage of evolution. They believe that the loss of their opposites (the claws) allowed the frogs to move more easily. Since the loss of claws has left them with two less effective limbs, they evolved into other more efficient creatures.

The third and smallest Clawed Frog in the world is the Djungariae. This tiny African Clawed Frog weighs around half an inch. Their front claws, or toes, are much longer and more elongated than those of their African Forests brothers. They also do not have any vocal cords.

Like all clawed frogs, they are visually interesting to watch. Their skin is colorless; their eyes are small and oval. Their tongue is long and flexible, as well. Their bellies are covered with a thin soft slime-like coating.

They cannot move about much by crawling or leaping. So they must hang about in low places. They seldom leave their hiding spots except to eat or retreat. They are nocturnal, sleeping at night and waking up in the morning to feed. They feed once every two or three hours.

The average lifespan of this frog is just five to seven days. With such a short life span, they are rarely seen. They prefer damp habitats, so damp locations like ponds, ditches, and stream banks are good places to look. They can be found in many parts of central Africa, including the Central African Republic, French Guiana, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Because they are nocturnal creatures, they are most active in the evening. During the day, they hide away from the lights of cities and towns so that they can go unnoticed by predators like birds, snakes, and insects. However, they like the sun's rays, so they move around a bit during the day. They are not nocturnal at all, but they do like to move around once in a while.

There are about one hundred species of African Clawed Frogs. About forty of these are predators, they catch other frogs and snatch them from the water. They like to eat mostly meat, although they will eat plant material also. Other than that, they are omnivores and drink water frequently, especially when stressed out.

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