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Indus Valley Bullfrog
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Indian Bullfrog from the Western Ghats
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Ranidae
Genus: 'Hoplobatrachus'
Species: ''H. tigerinus''
Binomial name
Hoplobatrachus tigerinus
Synonyms

Rana tigerina
Rana tigrina

Hoplobatrachus tigerinus, the Indus Valley bullfrog or Indian bullfrog, popular name Asian bullfrog, Asean bullfrog or Asia bullfrog, is a large species of frog found in Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal. It has been introduced in Madagascar, where it is now a widespread invasive species.

Description

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H. tigerinus from Bengaluru

They are found in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. They are also found in the Maldives and Madagascar.

They prefer freshwater wetlands and aquatic habitats. Generally they avoid coastal and forest areas.

Rana tigrina is mostly solitary and nocturnal in nature. They inhabit holes and bushes near permanent water sources. The frog does not stay in water for a long time; it spends most of its time hiding and feeding in surrounding vegetation. Diet is various type of insects, invertebrates, mice, shrews, young frogs, earthworms, roundworms, juvenile snakes, and small birds.

It is essentially aquatic, and is said, to jump over the surface of the water much in the same way as on land when frightened. From snout to vent 6.5 inches. This species is classified as Least Concern in the IUCN red list.

Cultivation

Captive farming of this species as a food source, and also of the American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana), started in Thailand in the 1990s.

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