Is this real, or a cartoon? Look at the brilliantly contrasting colors of the Indian Bullfrog. It doesn’t look like it could be real, does it? This gorgeous fellow represents a relatively large and colorful species of a bullfrog.
This animal actually gets commercially farmed in Thailand (can you believe that?). The Indian Bullfrog holds the classification of a species of Least Concern with the IUCN, due to its widespread habitat range, and large population.
However, this seems likely to change, given (to no great surprise) the rapid degree of habitat loss due to human expansion in its native range. The creature primarily forms an aquatic species of amphibian.
Indian Bullfrog Physical Description
The Indian Bullfrog attains a body length of as much as 6.5 in (16.5 cm). He’s a big fellow.
The snout grows comparatively pointed in shape. The species is primarily a combination of dark yellow and olive green in color. They also display random darker patches.
However, the male Indian Bullfrog will change its colors to primarily bright yellow during mating season, to attract females (anything to get the girl, right?). The large bright blue sacs under its jaw serve to also attract females during mating season.
The toes of the Indian Bullfrog are almost completely webbed.
Indian Bullfrog Habitat and Ecology
The Indian Bullfrog is endemic to a wide swathe of south and southeast Asia. It typically inhabits regions of freshwater wetlands, including man-made paddy fields (opportunistic creatures). They most commonly inhabit bushes and holes near water.
The Indian Bullfrog is carnivorous in nature. Given its size, the species primarily prey on small mammals, invertebrates, and even small birds. Imagine; a frog large enough to feed on birds.
This bullfrog is principally nocturnal in behavior. The species breeds during the regional monsoon season. The female lays great numbers of eggs. However, the mortality rate among tadpoles is high.