Aquatic Frogs: Lifespan, Mating & Habitat

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has taught high school and college biology and has a master's degree in cancer biology.

Aquatic frogs are interesting animals that make great pets and research subjects. This lesson is going to cover basic information about aquatic frogs such as their lifespan, mating, and habitat. You can take the quiz to test your knowledge on these creatures.

Aquatic Frogs

Little Susie has developed a fascination with animals in recent weeks. She likes animals so much that she now wants to have a pet at home. Her parents agree to let her have a pet, but it has to be one that she can pretty much take care of for herself. Susie decides that she wants to have an aquarium. But she doesn't find fish very interesting, so she decides to get frogs for her aquarium.

Susie and her parents begin to research information about aquatic frogs. These are frogs that live underwater. There are a handful of different species of aquatic frogs which share certain characteristics. A few of the species that they learn about are the African dwarf frog, African clawed frog, Western clawed frog, and Western dwarf clawed frog.

African dwarf frog
Picture of an African dwarf frog

There are a few differences in these species. The first difference is size. Three of the species grow to about 1 - 2 inches, with the exception of the African clawed frog, which can grow up to 5 inches in size. Another difference is that the African clawed frog is a predatory frog. They tend to eat and grow bigger than small fish and other frogs in their environment. This helps Susie and her parents decide that they do not want this species in the aquarium. One last difference between these species is that some have webbed feet in the front, like the African dwarf frog, while the others have webbed feet in the back only.


Susie's parents are excited for Susie to have pet frogs, but they are also concerned with the possibility of them dying and how this could affect their daughter. They look up information about the lifespan for aquatic frogs with the hopes that they live for an extended amount of time. Her parents are relieved to discover that aquatic frogs typically live for about five years. There are instances of aquatic frogs living even longer, like up to 20 years. This really depends on their ability to thrive in a suitable habitat.


Reading that information made Susie's parents think to check information about the habitat for aquatic frogs. Most species of aquatic frogs live in the waters close to the equator in Africa. They tend to live in rivers and ponds that are relatively shallow. This is important for aquatic frogs because they have to come to the surface of the water in order to breathe. The water temperature usually falls between 75 - 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Susie's parents learned that aquatic frogs live in water with a relatively neutral pH. The pH of their habitat usually falls between 6.5 and 7.5. The other important factor about their habitat is that they tend to live in areas of the water where there are other structures that they can hide in. This is crucial for their survival since there are many different fish and other aquatic animals that eat aquatic frogs.

Susie is excited to see that aquatic frogs like to live in groups with other aquatic frogs. They are very sociable and do not do well if they do not have contact with other aquatic frogs. This makes it very easy for Susie to convince her parents to allow her to have several frogs.

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