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Common platanna/African clawed frog

Xenopus laevis


Its name is derived from the three short claws on each hind foot. They have a flattened head and body, but no tongue or external ears. They are completely aquatic.They have powerful legs for swimming and lunging after food. They also use the claws on their feet to tear pieces of large food.


Wetlands, ponds, lakes and streams.


I only noticed later that there is also a tadpole in this photo.

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Kwa Sani Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 16, 2012
Submitted on Feb 8, 2012

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