Chubby Frog

Kaloula pulchra at Wingham Wildlife Park

Chubby Frog Natural History

Size

This frog grows up to 3 inches (8 cm) and as the name suggests is a rather rotund species with short limbs.

Habitat and Distribution

Chubby frogs are a widespread species throughout much of Southeast Asia. They are a very adaptable species originally being a wetland species which has adapted to residential and agricultural habitats. They occur in China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Laos, Hong Kong, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan.

Age

They have a lifespan of roughly 10 years.

Diet

Their diet in the wild mostly consists of ants and termites but they also eat other insects such as crickets, mealworms and beetles.

Groups and Breeding

This species breeds after the heavy rains generally between April and May (in some of their range it can be year-round). They have a fast growth rate, making the most of the rainy pools they can develop in as few as two weeks to ensure that they can leave the pool before it dries out.

Threats

This species is not considered to be threatened. However, there is fragmentation throughout its range in India and is collected for consumption in many areas. Additionally, it is collected for the pet trade.

Interesting facts

Males and female’s appearance differs with females having a lighter coloured throat than the males.

The Chubby Frog During Your Day Out in Kent

The chubby frogs at the park can be seen in the reptile house alongside a number of other amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates including the gray’s monitors, Mexican red knee tarantula and cane toad.