Beelzebufo, known from various parts of the skull and a few from the skeleton, is the largest frog known, living or extinct. This species was over 16 inches long (not including the legs) and weighed up to 10 pounds. The largest frog on Madagascar today is just over four inches long.
The mammoth size of Beelzebufo prompted its discoverers to call it the “frog from hell.” They derived the genus name from the Greek word for devil (Beelzebub) and the Latin word for toad (bufo). The unique bony features of Beelzebufo, are similar to those of a group of frogs known as ceratophryines, which are now found solely in South America. Ceratophryines camouflage themselves in their surroundings and are sit-and-wait ambush predators, lunging out to snatch any unsuspecting prey that happens to wander by.
Artist: © Lucille Betti-Nash