Info on African Dwarf Frogs?
I need to know some info on african dwarf frogs.
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African dwarf frogs can be found all around the African continent spreading from tropical to subtropical Africa but the vast majority of them are from the Congo region. The African dwarf frog is an aquatic animal living nearly all its life entirely underwater, but needs to rise to the surface to breathe atmospheric air because they have lungs and not gills. They absorb oxygen through diffussion using specially adapted skin. They are fairly small in size and don’t weigh more than a few ounces. They vary slightly in color but for the most part they are earth toned. These frogs' life expectancy can range anywhere from 5 to 18 years.
African dwarf frogs are very active and very rarely will they sit still for any period of time, except when they are lethargic and want to not move as much to get air. Sometimes they will just float with arms and legs spread out. They prefer to spend time in the shallow rivers, creeks, and ponds in the African forest. Here they can move around unrestricted and not have to worry about how deep they go, as they need to surface for air. African dwarf frogs are generally peaceful with animals of their own size but their diet sometimes includes smaller animals. Other fish are known to eat the eggs of these frogs. African dwarf frogs spend most of their time eating or playing near the bottom, where they feel safe from predators and to keep cool in the African heat. These frogs find a safe hiding place near the bottom to sleep. Most frogs will sleep up to twelve hours a day.
Males are slim and will develop a small gland behind each of their front legs; this gland is not understood very well but is believed to play some part in mating. Males are the ones known to “sing” or “hum” during mating or when excited. Only males are known to do this, although they will sometimes “hum” even if there is no intention of mating. The females of this species are 20% larger than males when fully mature. They have pear-shaped bodies as their abdomens will fill with eggs as they reach a mating stage. Another distinction is that females will have slightly larger tails than males.
The African dwarf frog can range in size but most commonly are found to be 1 inch to 2 inches long; though on rare occasion there have been some that have grown up to 4–5 inches. The females are larger than the males by about 20 percent. Males usually weigh about 60 grams and females can weigh up to 200 grams. The large difference in size and weight is largely due in part to the females carrying hundreds of eggs in her abdomen.
African dwarf frogs do not have teeth because they do not chew their food, they swallow it whole. Favorite foods include blood worms, water fleas,store bought food specified for them, and shrimp, although these frogs will also eat mosquito larvae, black worms, small fish, and small earthworms. And on rare occasions these frogs will eat water snails and brittle shells. African dwarf frogs are bottom-feeders and one will rarely see them eat anything from the surface of the water.
African dwarf frogs are commonly found as pets. They first became popular as pets in the 1960s and have spread to the pet trade all over the world. African Dwarf frogs make great pets because they are low maintenance.They should be fed at least 5 times a week and their water should be changed once every two weeks or so depending on the size of the tank they are kept in. Be careful when buying them as some people have accidentally been given an African Clawed Frog, ACF, instead. The easiest way to tell the difference between ACFs and ADFs is by looking at the feet. African Dwarf Frogs will have webbing on the front and rear feet whereas African Clawed Frogs will only have webbed feet on the rear legs.
ADFs are compatible with bottom feeders and algae eaters. Some tropical fish can be used as tank mates although some are too aggressive and will fight or injure the frogs. Also, these frogs are slow eaters and it is not uncommon for fish mates to eat all the food while the frogs go hungry. These frogs can and will eventually adapt to eat fish flakes. Appropriate foods include blood worms (frozen or dried), brine shrimp, and cut up earthworms (purchased from a store, not taken from your garden). If you choose to keep ADF's with fish one effective method for feeding them is to purchase a small glass or heavy plastic container whose opening is just large enough for the frogs to enter. The frogs food can then be placed in the container and sunk to the bottom of the tank. Many fish will not realize the food is there and the frogs will be able to eat in peace.
These frogs are fully aquatic and therefor do not require any terrestrial surface within their tank. The bottom of the tank should be lined with smooth gravel or sand. The reason for this is that these frogs have sensitive skin and spend a lot of time on the bottom, where rough rocks or pebbles could irritate the skin and cause discomfort. Stacked or large objects in the tank shSource(s): i hope i helped
- fantLv 43 years ago
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