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Banded Ox-Frog

By Stacey Pakula
The Banded Ox-Frog is a small very colorful frog and can be found in wetlands, along riverbanks, near the edge of forests, or even in your shower. The male is just a tiny bit smaller than the female and it is almost impossible to tell the difference between them just by looking at them. This frog is completely harmless and like the puffer fish, it will inflate its body to make itself look a lot bigger when it is threatened.

The Banded Ox-Frog breeds in seasonal rain pools during the rainy season. After a good rainfall you will be able to hear hundreds of these little frogs all singing in unison during the night. These frogs are nocturnal and spend their days hiding in their burrows or under vegetation.

Fun Facts:
This frog is very adaptable and is increasing in numbers quite rapidly
This frog preys on ants and other small insects
This frog can secrete a noxious (extremely unpleasant tasting) sticky substance when threatened, although it is non-toxic
Males give their calls at night as they are floating on top of the water
 


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