What Are Some Facts About African Dwarf Frogs?

African dwarf frogs are one of the smaller species of frogs; they average 1.5 inches long. Female frogs are larger than male frogs, sometimes by 1/2 inch. Another notable characteristic about African Dwarf frogs is that they live almost entirely under water, only coming up sporadically for air.

African dwarf frogs are native to sub-Saharan Africa, where they live in freshwater creeks and ponds. These creatures can't see beyond a few centimeters in front of them. They hunt by using their senses of smell and touch. An African dwarf frog's diet typically consists of water insects, mosquito larvae, small fish and worms.

Male dwarf frogs can be discerned by their long, thin bodies and the white spots on the glands behind their back legs. Female frogs are more round, with pear-shaped bodies. The shape of the female African dwarf frog allows her abdomen to fill with eggs during mating season. The mating of these frogs is called amplexus, and it can last several hours. During amplexus, the female lays eggs on the surface of the water. The male clings to her waist as he is pulled along.

A common habit of the African dwarf frog is burbling. Burbling is a floating technique in which the frog's limbs are outstretched and it floats motionless on the surface of the water