Ornate Horned Frog

  • Ornate horned frog
  • Ornate horned frog

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Scientific Name Ceratophrys ornata

Description

These amphibians have squat, rounded bodies with jaws as wide as their head. Unlike many frog species, its legs are relatively short and it is not a strong jumper. This frog gets its name from the small crests located above their eyes, resembling horns. Males generally grow to be 4.5 inches and females larger, at 6.5 inches in length. These frogs generally have yellow to white-colored undersides, and their backs and limbs are unusually a combination of greens, browns, yellows, and reds.

Fun Facts

  • Ornate Horned Frogs are diurnal and spend most of their day lying in ambush capable of making powerful forward lunges at nearby prey. Combined with its large gaping mouth, this attribute has also earned it the name of “Pacman Frog”.
  • Tadpoles are capable of making a distress call by forcing air out of their developing lungs. This is notable as they are the first and only known example of vertebrate larvae being able to make such calls.

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