If your frog is albino, then it is not an African Dwarf Frog. As of yet, there has not been a line of albino dwarf frogs made available in the pet trade. Honestly, I am not sure if they even exist. All albino aquatic frogs are actually African Clawed Frogs. Pet stores frequently mix them up.
African clawed frogs get between 3.75 and 6 inches, with females being on the larger end of this scale. A single specimen needs at least a 10 gallon tank to itself, and they prefer to have the company of others of their own species.
By all accounts I have read, it is impossible for frogs to grow their limbs back. With that being said, a few months ago, I purchased a small African Clawed Frog from a pet store. Somehow, one of his hands had been bitten off. Since I brought him home, his "stump" appears to be growing. As of right now, we are not exactly sure what is happening, but it appears as if his hand might actually be growing back. After talking to some experts on aquatic frogs, we developed the hypothesis that if stem cells were still present in the area of the wound, that it might be possible for this to happen. But, again, no one has ever heard of this before. If your frog survives the initial shock and the potential infections resulting from the injury, then he can live a perfectly normal life. There are lots of cases of full-grown ACFs that lost a limb in their youth.
For now, it is imperative that you separate your frog from your fish. Right now, he is prey for your fish. And if he is allowed to grow properly, he will begin eating all of your fish in a few months. African Clawed Frogs can and will eat everything that fits in their mouth. While he is small, you can keep him in a 5 gallon tank until he recovers from the shock and heals his wounds a little. When he starts to grow, however, you will need at least a 10 gallon tank for him. If you cannot get another tank for him, then please try to re-home him to more adequate conditions. You could try Craigslist, Petfinder, or this forum: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/froggyfriends/
If your frog survives, and you do decide to keep him/her, then I think you'll find it to be a wonderful experience. But, if you live anywhere near Connecticut and are not able to give him proper care, I would be more than happy to take your frog for you. =)
I have 7 African Clawed Frogs and 5 African Dwarf Frogs.
· 8 years ago