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African Clawed Frog

African Clawed Frog
Xenopus laevis

The African clawed frogs are a South African aquatic frog. They can grow up to 12 cm long, have a flattened head and body, but no external ear or tongue.


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What does an African Clawed Frog look like?

The African clawed frog is a flat bodied, small headed frog. It has no tongue, teeth, eyelids, or external eardrums. It has three short claws on each of its hind feet (which the African Clawed Frog gets it's name from).

The female frogs grow to about 10-13 cm (approx 4-5 inches); male frogs are usually smaller. They can be found in a variety of colours, although often you'll find Albino African Clawed Frogs on sale.

Where do African Clawed Frogs come from?

They are native to the sub-Saharan portion of Africa. Found living in rivers, lakes, ponds and swamps.

How do you keep African Clawed Frogs?

They are strictly an aquatic frog.

African Clawed Frogs are relatively large - therefore need plenty of space. A 2ft tank would house one African Clawed Frog nicely. The water shouldn't be too deep, 30 cm (12 inches) so the frog can easily reach the surface to breathe.

Decorate your set-up with lots of hiding spots and plastic plants (they tend to quickly destroy live plants), avoid using any large substrate (like gravel) to prevent accidental ingestion; something like aquatic sand is ideal.

No special lighting or heating required, keep out of direct sun light at a temperature of about 20-24 C (68-75 F).

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