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Latin name: Pyxicephalus adspersus
We have multiple unsexed, captive bred individuals available. They are each about 1.5” in diameter. They are on a current diet of large crickets and small dubia roaches dusted with vitamin and calcium powder.
Photos representative of general stock. Adult pictured is NFS and shown for size comparison only.
General info and temperament: African bullfrogs are the fifth largest frog in the world. They make popular pets due to their large size, comical appearance and ease of care. They live a relatively sedentary lifestyle and are reliable eaters. This is a frog pieces that we recommend to be able to be handled which they will generally tolerate short periods of.
Habitat and lifestyle: These frogs are widespread throughout Southern Africa and parts of east Africa. They inhabit a variety of habitats ranging from dry grassland to tropical rain forest. They prefer to be close to water no matter the habitat.
During the dry months, they slough several layers of skin to form a protective shell around themselves and do a type of amphibian hibernation called estivating. They can stay dormant like this for months and then shed these layers to become active when the rains return.
During the rainy seasons, they will bury themselves in the soil so that only the tip of their nose is visible. They will then will wait to ambush any small prey that might walk by.
Size and lifespan: The males of these massive frogs can grow up to 9” in length and be more than 4 lbs! Females stay much smaller, usually topping out at 4”. Adult males and can often be distinguished from females by having a more yellow throat. Females tend to have a more cream-colored throat. Their lifespan in human care can reach up to 50 years however, 35 years is more average.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 85 degrees Fahrenheit on the warm end, 70 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
The use of two thermometers is ideal. One should be placed just off-center from the warm area on the floor of the tank and the other one should be placed furthest away from the warm area also on the floor of the tank.
Humidity: 70%-90% Misting by hand twice daily is often required to achieve these levels and can be replaced by an automatic mist system.
Tank size: 10 gallons for babies, 20+ gallons for adults. The more floor space, the better.
Tank type: Standard rectangle - allow for ample floor space.
Lighting and heating: A dimmable heat lamp overhead is recommended for housing this species in glass tanks. Thermostats are always helpful to prevent overheating.
A 5.0 UVB bulb on 10-12 hours per day is is highly recommended for overall welfare and to establish a regular day/night cycle.
Substrate and furniture: . Soil or peat moss/sand mix substrate about 5” deep or deeper, these guys like to dig down and partially bury themselves. Provide tank furniture in the form of logs and false or live plants. Provide a deep water dish that is large enough for the frog to submerge in and change their water daily.
Handling: African bullfrogs can tolerate some handling but we recommend to keep it to a minimum -just a couple times per week. They have sensitive skin, powerful back legs which they can use launch to themselves out of someone’s hands, and sharp, hook-like teeth on the bottom of their mouths. While they are unlikely to bite, these teeth can draw blood if the frog becomes agitated enough.
Diet and feeding: as you may have guessed, these frogs like to eat. A lot. Basically anything they can fit in their mouths. Offer them food every other day. Food items can be insect prey such as cockroaches, crickets and the occasional meal worm or wax from as a treat. They are also happy to receive earth worms, tomato hornworms and even mice! We recommend frozen thawed mice as opposed to live to minimize the risk of injury to the frog.
Always remove uneaten feeder items if they have not been consumed after a day.
*All food items must be dusted with both vitamin and calcium powder prior to feeding.*
Food size: The feeder item should be able to fit in your African bullfrog’s mouth. Thats it, they’ve got it from there!