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African Clawed Frog Care Sheet

Description: The African Clawed Frog is an aquatic frog that can be found in Southern Africa.
Scientific Name: Xenopus laevis
Lifespan: 10 to 20 years
Average Size: 4 to 5 inches
Origin: South Africa


Like most frogs, African Clawed Frogs will eat just about anything that they can find. Earthworms, waxworms mealworms, crickets and krill are perfect food for these frogs but just about any kind of small insect will do. Just be sure that it is not larger than the opening of its mouth or the African Clawed Frog will have problems eating it.


Lighting: Ensure your African Clawed Frog receives 12 hours per day of fluorescent lighting. It should be in near darkness for the other 12 hours of the day.
Physical Design: Since African Clawed Frogs are strictly aquatic they should be maintained in an aquatic environment. These frogs will happily live without any land or dry spots in their habitat. Be sure that the water you place in their habitat is completely distilled to ensure it does not contain anything harmful to your frog.
Size: An aquarium between 15 and 20 gallons should be large enough for these frogs.
Substrate: Impaction is always a concern with animals of this size and frogs are no different. For this reason it is suggested that the African Clawed Frog have nothing underneath the water.
Temperature: A perfect water temperature for the African Clawed Frog is 75 degrees F, although it will be fine if that temperature is off by a few degrees either way.
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