Shortcut Navigation:

Big Bark, Big Bite

When confronted, the Budgett's frog puffs up with air, arches its back, opens its huge mouth, and screams like a cat in pain. It may even jump at an intruder. If picked up, the frog will bite and can draw blood with its two large toothlike projections.


 © Joe McDonald, Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Budgett's Frog

Lepidobatrachus laevis
(Not currently in exhibition.)

Class: Amphibia
Family: Leptodactylidae
Size: Up to 5 ½ inches
Food: Fish, insects, snails, other frogs
Range: Paraguay, northern Argentina, and southeastern Bolivia
Habitat: On the ground near permanent or seasonal bodies of water
Life Cycle: Up to 1,200 eggs hatch within two days of being laid. The tadpoles feed on each other, swallowing their siblings whole.

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open daily from 10 am-5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Maps and Directions

Enlighten Your Inbox

Stay informed about Museum news and research, events, and more!