This animal has a relatively small habitat range, mainly in West Africa. Its numbers are dwindling due to habitat destruction and collection for the pet trade. It is large enough to swallow a duck and can live up to the age of 15 years.
It is normally found in fast flowing rivers with sandy bottoms in the West African countries of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Due to their classification as 'endangered', the Equatorial Guinean government has declared that no more than 300 Goliaths may be exported out of the country per year. Fortunately for the frogs, even the most experienced of animal collectors can usually find no more than a dozen per trip.