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Reed Frog Care Sheet

Reed Frog Defining Characteristics:

  • Brown coloration with black speckling
  • Shy
  • Moderate care
  • 1” size
  • Call: Fast successive clicks
  • Good in groups
  • Lays eggs above water on emergent structures

Name:

Heterixalus spp., Reed frog

Recommended Vivarium Size:

Minimum tank size of 12x12x18 front opening tank or 10 gallon aquarium, but larger groups will need more space. These frogs need a large water feature in their enclosure in order to breed, though a small water dish will suffice if that is not something that you want to pursue. Provide either live plants such as pothos or spathiphyllum or fake plants.

Temperature:

72-78F

Humidity:

50-70 percent

Size:  

Reed Frogs are about 1” in length as adults.

Age:

Reed Frogs can live up to 5 years in captivity, and may live longer with ideal care.

Feeding:

As adults, Reed Frogs can eat ¼“ crickets and other similar sized feeder insects.

Sexing:

Male Reed Frogs have yellowing on their throats. Females are more rotund.

Social Behavior:

Reed Frogs do well in groups; they may become aggressive when mating.

Breeding:

Male Reed frogs will emit a series of quick clicks to attract females for amplexus. The pair will lay eggs on emergent vegetation over temporary pools or in marshes.

Development:

Eggs hatch over the course of about 5 days and fall into the water.

Tadpoles:

Tadpoles will readily eat Josh’s Frogs Tree frog tadpole food as well as many varieties of fish food. Water changes should be performed every couple of days at about 50%.

Starry Night Reed Frog

Links of Interest:

Reptiles Magazine - http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Frogs-Amphibians/Breeding-Frogs-Amphibians/Breeding-Blue-back-Reed-Frogs/

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Care-And-Breeding-Africas-Colorful-Reed-Frogs/

Amphibia Web

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jiZ6aY7R3o&t=1s

For more reed frog and other videos, check out our entire YouTube page:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLj8W6UkMZgNCs4ewkvQ8RA

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