Bullfrog Father Knows Best

Candice Gaukel Andrews May 26, 2011 3

It’s not easy being green, as Kermit the Frog often reminds us. And that statement is particularly apropos if you’re an African bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus).

Found mostly in open grasslands and at low elevations in the sub-Saharan African countries of Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rhodesia, Somalia, South Africa (except for the southwestern Cape Province), the Sudan, Tanzania, and Zambia, this football-size frog engages in intense, bashing battles during breeding season. But this amphibian also has a softer side, especially when it comes to offspring. Watch as this male frog saves the lives of many, many children.

With Father’s Day just around the corner, you might want to reserve a bit of admiration for this “green” dad on June 19.

3 Comments »

  1. C.G.A. May 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Travis,

    This footage comes from the BBC’s 2008 documentary series titled “Life in Cold Blood.” Thanks for asking!

  2. Travis May 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    The production was pretty fun on this video! What series did it come from?

  3. Jack May 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    God, those things are wide.

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