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African clawed frogs are naturally a mottled green-grey with a lighter, cream-colored underside. The albino version is a pinkish white, and is also readily available from retailers.
Feed 2-3 days a week in adult frogs, more frequently in froglets or growing animals. You will see your frog “scoop” food towards its mouth with its front feet, because these frogs actually lack tongues with which to grab food. Important: Never feed rosy red minnows or feeder goldfish. The majority of African clawed frogs are unable to process an enzyme they contain, and can become sick.
These frogs are escape artists! The aquarium must be completely covered, or they will find their way onto the floor, where they desiccate quickly.
Emergency Care for Desiccated Frogs
If a frog escapes and is found dried up, do not assume it is dead. They have amazing powers of revival. Place the frog in a shallow bowl of tank water with its nostrils above the water to allow it to breathe. Let the frog rest in the water and watch carefully for movement of the nostrils. It can take several hours for the frog the rehydrate. Once the frogs is able to swim a bit, keep it in a bucket with a few inches of water (or lower the water level of the tank) so it can reach the surface easily for air while it regains strength. Be patient, and do not attempt to feed the frog until it is fully recovered.
These frogs breed readily under good conditions. The male sings to female, and clasps her around the stomach, fertilizing the eggs as she lays them. Eggs and adult frogs should be separated immediately, as parents will eat the eggs/tadpoles. Tadpoles are filter feeders and should be fed finely powdered foods.
Keepers should provide 10 gallons of water per frog. However, in tanks that are long rather than tall, this rule can be bent slightly if the caretaker is attentive to water conditions. For example, while only two clawed frogs should ever be kept in a 20 gallon “tall” tank (dimensions approx. 24”l x 12”w x 16”h), three can be kept in a 20 gallon “long” tank (dimensions approx. 30”l x 12”w x 12”h). Long tanks are also more appropriate because the frogs need to reach the surface frequently to breathe. The popular Grow-a-Frog® kit contains an African clawed frog tadpole.
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