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Florida Boardwalk Animal Fact Sheet
BUDGETT'S FROG
Lepidobatrachus laevis

Range:
Paraguay, northern Argentina, and southeastern Bolivia. Budgett's Frog's have a rounded, flattened body with eyes set high on their head, giving them a blob-like appearance. They have short limbs, which do not make them particularly efficient swimmers. They do not have teeth, but they do have two sharp protrusions inside their large mouth which serve the same purpose.
Habitat: They are found naturally on the ground near permanent or seasonal bodies of water.
Diet: They will consume just about any other creature which fits into their mouth, including small mammals, fish, other frogs, and invertebrates. They are only semi-aquatic and spend most of their time sitting in one spot of moist soil or moss, relying on their camouflage to protect them.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Length: Adults usually grow to be 4.5 to 5 inches long.

Lifespan:

Around 12 years.

Reproduction & Offspring:

During most of the year they stay underground, but in breeding season come on land and move into shallow pools of water. They breed in seasonal pools and sometimes even in water tanks on cattle farms. Females lay up to 1200 eggs which hatch within two days of being laid. The tadpoles feed on each other and they swallow their siblings whole. The breeding season is short, and the larvae develop quickly to be able to leave their water sources which dry up in the dry season.


 

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