Seneca Park Zoo is home to a Mueller’s clawed frog. The habitat is located in the micro-habitat tree inside the Animals of the Savanna building.
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least Concern, with a stable population.
This species is found throughout sub-saharan Africa. As a water-dependent species, they occupy both temporary and permanent ponds, as well as rivers and streams in the dry season.
Mueller’s clawed frogs are opportunistic scavengers. They are carnivores that will eat living, dying, or dead arthropods, invertebrates, crustaceans, small fish, and freshwater snails.
The scientific name for this species is xenopus muelleri – the word xenopus means “strange foot”.
The frog’s front feet are small and lack webbing. They use their fingers to push food into their mouths.
Clawed frogs lack a tongue and vocal cords. Because of this, their calls are a series of clicks that are emitted underwater.