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Starry Night Reed Frog - Heterixalus alboguttatus (Captive Bred)

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About This Product

Defining Characteristics: 

  • Great Beginner Frog
  • Bright Coloration
  • Bold
  • Easy to breed
  • Moderately Loud Call
  • Great in Groups
  • Nocturnal

Name: Belonging to the family Hyperoliidae, the Starry Night Reed Frog is scientifically known as Heterixalus alboguttatus. Sometimes referred to Spotted Reed Frogs or simply 'starry nights', these frogs are so named for their contrasting yellow and black pattern, which resembles the sky on a clear night.

Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for 2-4 Starry Night Reed Frogs, but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 Exo Terra Glass Terrarium, as it will allow for easier cleaning. Not sure how to set up a reed frog enclosure? Please watch our video on How to Set Up a Terrarium for Reed Frogs.

Want to spice up your enclosure with live plants? Our experts have curated a kit of easy-to-care-for and SAFE plants for your reed frogs. Check it out here!

Temperature: They can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 85 F, but prefer temperatures in the mid 70s. Temperatures over 90F are dangerous. A low wattage basking spot, with a temperature of 85-90F, will be utilized but is not absolutely needed.

Humidity: Like most frogs, reed frogs prefer a humidity range of 70 – 80%, but can tolerate humidity down to 50% for short periods of time if the frogs have access to water. Low humidity levels, especially without access to water, can quickly be fatal. Starry Night Reed Frogs occur in the marginal areas between water and land, referred to as the riparian zone. As such, they require high humidity paired with substantial ventilation. 

Size: Adult female reed frogs are larger, measuring in at approximately 1.5 inches. Male Heterixalus alboguttatus are a bit smaller, averaging about 1 inch at maturity. All of the Starry Night Reed Frog froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 3/4” long.

Age: Heterixalus alboguttatus is capable of living over 5 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 2-3 years is more common. Active breeding shortens expected lifespan down to 1-2 years. All reed frogs for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.

Feeding: At Josh's Frogs, we feed our reed frogs dusted crickets. At 3/4", juvenile reed frogs can easily take 1/8" crickets, and 1/4" crickets as adults. Make sure to dust all prey items with a quality vitamin/mineral supplement. We place the crickets in floating food bowls in the reed frog habitat, to prevent crickets from drowning and fouling the water. To learn more about feeding reed frogs, please watch our video on How to Feed Reed Frogs.

Color/Pattern: A very variable reed frog, all Starry Night Reed Frogs are black with yellow/white spots. The amount of black, white, and yellow can vary widely among individuals. Spots can be large in some individual reed frogs, leading to an almost netted appearance. Males can have a very faded pattern or almost complete lack of pattern. Adult Starry Night Reed Frogs tend to have orange feet. Please keep in mind that juvenile reed frogs sometimes take a few months to develop their adult coloration, and may appear cream or brown colored at first. At night, reed frogs may appear pale in color when they are active.

Social Behavior: These frogs do well housed in groups their entire life, as long as enough space is provided. 

Breeding: Reed frogs are very easy to breed—just house a male and a female together! When housed in a proper environment, Starry Night Reed Frogs are very prolific, laying clutches of 50-200 eggs every 2-3 weeks. Eggs are generally laid right above or below the water's surface, and quickly develop into very small, delicate tadpoles.

For more information on how to take care of reed frog eggs and tadpoles, please watch our videos on How to Care For Reed Frog Eggs, and How to Care For Reed Frog Tadpoles.

Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them–this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair (male & female). We recommend purchasing at least 4-5 reed frogs at a time. 

Natural RangeHeterixalus alboguttatus are native to Madagascar. They inhabit riparian zones, where a body of water (mainly a pond) meets the land. Among emergent vegetation, reed frogs spend the day sleeping on the underside of leaves. With their limited range and the seemingly imminent destruction of their native habitat, maintaining this species in captivity should be of the utmost importance.

History in the Hobby: Starry Night reed frogs have been imported directly from Madagascar several times over the past several decades. These imports are the foundation of the captive population of Heterixalus alboguttatus in the United States today.

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Still not sure if Starry Night Reed Frogs from Josh's Frogs are the right poison dart frog for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!


After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.

With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.

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Excellent tiny frogs!

Picked up 2 of these at an expo and was initially kind of bummed by their muted colors. However- when I brought them home I started to figure out that their colors change dramatically throughout the day/night- so don't let that deter you if you're thinking about picking some up! Hoping they grow into their brighter colors soon! Super fun frogs to have.


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Beautiful frogs and wonderful customer service

When my family chose frogs for our next pet I didn't have a clue how to start. Josh's videos were extremely helpful. At one point within a couple of days after receiving Violet and Jack they disappeared, or so I thought. Searched for hours. Contacted Josh's. Even with Covid 19 just having shut everything down Josh's staff gave me a bunch of places to search I hadn't thought of. After a few more hours I still couldn't find them. So I decided to empty the habitat and sort of start over. When I turned it over to empty out the last of the water I found them both hiding between the background and the lid. I was embarrassed but they were very happy we had found them and they were safe. Recommend this place anytime

Love my frogs

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Beautiful active frogs

These frogs are not only beautiful but very entertaining


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I had never heard of these frogs before and decided to buy a trio on a whim. I love them! The noise they make at night was weird the first night I had them but now it's like I'm sleeping outside at night listening to them talk to each other. I added a low profile aquarium filter to the tank along with some crystal shrimp and blue rili shrimp. Along with a small female betta and an albino corydoras "cory cat".

John M

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Reed Frogs new addition to my frog collection

I've been keeping dart frogs for almost a year now with great success = no major problems. So I decided to branch out into some similarly sized additional frog species and after watching a video on YouTube from Clintsreptiles, decided that starry night frogs along with 2 other species would be ideal candidates. Just, within the last hour, received my order from Josh's today. Frogs were very professionally packaged, each in their individual containers and all very healthy and active. I did provide some selection notes with my order, and while I can't yet tell how well these were followed, since the new arrivals are still in their night colors, I found 2 sections on my packing materials that indicated my selection instructions. My original notes as well as some hand written notes from someone I packaging, which tells me that someone was doing their job and was taking my instructions seriously. That meant a lot to me and speaks to quality and taking my wishes to heart. That individual's efforts didn't go unnoticed by me and whoever it was should be commended and retained by Josh's!!! It was greatly appreciated I can tell you that. That's about as far as I can take my review of Josh's so far, but I do intend on reviewing my other species in time as my experience with these little critters develops. But I would recommend that you visit and view the review of the starry night reed frog on YouTube by clintsreptiles prior to your purchase. Not only for some good information but because of a bonus that you'll find on that video if you carefully pay attention to everything therein. I won't tell you the specific reason, but if you do I can promise you that it will be well worth you time investment. But please be sure to do that prior to your purchase from Josh's Frogs and you'll be glad you did, I guarantee it.

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