Giant, slimy American Horned Frog.
Spotted in Biology class in Poway, California.
The female will not "chirp", or "croak", whereas a male specimen of the same species will. Males frequently have spotted chests. Males will also sometimes have subtle pads on their front legs during mating season. The average lifespan of a Ceratophrys frog in the wild varies between 1 and 4 years, though in captivity and as pets, depending on diet, they may live 6 to 10 years and even longer. These frogs are also known to be cannibalistic, and have been known to eat their mates, even if they are larger than they are (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceratophrys...). This particular frog is a full grown male so he eats rats. Because he is male, he croaks sometimes and since he lives in captivity he's expected to live much longer than a wild frog.
Lat: 32.96, Long: -117.04
Spotted on Oct 14, 2011
Submitted on Jan 30, 2012