I found a short video on the Internet of a toad and I wonder if anybody could identify it?

It was posted on a social-media/blogging website called 'Tumblr',

  • so I don't know much about it (e.g., where the video took place).

EDIT: The original link is no longer active. Here's an alternate link.

  • Useful for hearing the specimen's "squeak"/scream.

EDIT 2: Here's a gif of some frames from the video for permanence on this site:

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P.s. I think it's a toad. Please, don't hesitate to correct me/edit my question, if i'm mistaken.

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    $\begingroup$ Do you know where the animal is from? $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Nov 4 '15 at 14:52
  • $\begingroup$ In all honesty, I'm not sure. Although i would Initially suspect it was filmed in North America. I presume, that the person in the video is keeping it as a pet too, so, it could be sourced far from there... Sorry, I'm not too helpful on this one :( $\endgroup$ – user19679 Nov 4 '15 at 14:58
  • $\begingroup$ @p.s.w.g thanks for the update, but your link also doesn't seem to work :/ $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Mar 28 '17 at 16:55
  • $\begingroup$ @theforestecologist whoops... copy/paste error. I've corrected the link (but will need to be reviewed) $\endgroup$ – p.s.w.g Mar 28 '17 at 16:58

This indeed looks like a species of "Pacman Frog."

Specifically, this specimen most resembles the terrestrial Ceratophrys cranwelli (Cranwell's horned frog or Chacoan horned frog).

Chacoan Horned Frog

© 2014 James H. Harding


  • 8-13 cm long; can weigh up to 0.5 kg.

  • Origin: endemic to dry Gran Chaco region of Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil.

  • Cranwell's are very popular as pets.

  • Their common name comes from their large mouths. According to Wikipedia:

    Like most members of the genus Ceratophrys, they are often considered Pacman frogs because of their resemblance to the popular video game character of the same name.

  • Like most reptiles/amphibians traded worldwide as pets, a fair amount of interbreeding between captive species (and even speciation as a result of captivity) result in various hybrids and color schemes.

  • I couldn't find any reputable sources describing the sound the frog makes in the video, but Valetti et al. (2013) studied their calls in the wild.

  • Closely related Ceratophrys ornata is both larger and typically much greener compared to C. cranwelli.


It looks to me like it's a Pacman frog or Ornate Horned frog, a common pet frog. The specific species, by googling pet websites, my guess is Ceratophrys Cranwelli (common name Brown Pacman frog).

  • $\begingroup$ They most certainly do look very similar! I'll look into it, now. Thank you for your contribution. +1. I'll mark your post as the answer, if so. $\endgroup$ – user19679 Mar 13 '16 at 22:02

It is almost certainly a toad, not a frog as the name of the video suggests. It probably belongs to the familie Pseudepidalea, aka the green toads. The live in Europe, Asia and North-America. Wikipedia

I don't know the species, as I am.not familiar with the North-American species. This animal has relative large and few spots. That may help in identification, but may also be intra-species variation.

I can't see the video, only the opening still.

  • $\begingroup$ I apologise for the issues with the video, I'm not sure if I'm able to suggest any "work-around", for it neither. Your contribution to this question is much appreciated, however. Thank you for your time. +1 $\endgroup$ – user19679 Mar 13 '16 at 21:56

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