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Marsupial Frog Care Sheet

The Marsupial frog has a number of fascinating behaviors! Their croak resembles a medium pitched rumble, they're gregarious, and they like to hide. During breeding, eggs are placed into the pouch located on the back of the female. This species requires moderate upkeep and is considered a pet better suited to hobbyists with some prior experience.


Gastrotheca riobambae, Andean Marsupial Frog or Riobamba Marsupial Frog.

Recommended Vivarium Size


Keep marsupial frogs in at least an 18x18x18 front opening tank or a 20 gallon. Frogs can be kept bioactively like dart frogs on a false bottom, ABG and sphagnum. The frogs will utilize leaf litter to lay eggs on. Live sturdy plants should be provided as these frogs are fairly hefty despite their smaller size. Providing manzanita for perching will add more surface area for the frogs to climb around on. If you want to breed this species, you should place a water dish, large enough for the frogs to soak in, into the tank for tadpole deposition.






Male and female marsupial frogs are both about 2” long.


Marsupial frogs can live between 5-8 years in captivity, but may live longer with ideal care.


Marsupial Frogs can eat small crickets, house/blue bottle flies, waxworms (occasionally), and black soldier fly larvae.


Female Marsupial frogs have an opening right above the cloaca. It is shaped like a horseshoe.


Individuals can range from light grey to dark green with wide dorsal stripes of grey/brown.

Social Behavior

Marsupial frogs are gregarious and do well in groups. Males will call to establish territories but won’t fight very often.


Males will place the fertilized eggs into the pouch of the female. The eggs and subsequent tadpoles will stay there for several weeks. The female removes unfertilized eggs with her back legs.


Eggs hatch in the female's pouch; the tadpoles will later be deposited into a body of water to complete metamorphosis.


Tadpoles will eat a variety of fish food including Josh’s Frogs Tree Frog Tadpole Food.

Natural Range

This species is restricted to the Andes and inter-Andean valleys in northern and central Ecuador from Imbabura south to Chimborazo. (IUCN red list)


While not very common in the hobby, the marsupial frog can make a great pet under proper care conditions.

Links of Interest:

Reptiles Magazine