The African Clawed Frog as a Pet
By: Mary Casey

Do you have a child who is longing for a pet but can’t have
one because of allergies? Do you want a low maintenance
pet with a long lifespan and few needs? Then the African
Clawed Frog is for you.

The African Clawed Frog or Xenopus Laevis is a wonderful
pet for people who have allergies or live in a place that
doesn’t allow furry pets. They also are great learning tools
for schoolrooms and for children to learn about how a frog
changes from a tadpole to an adult.

You can purchase a frog from Grow-A-Frog online, or from
the fish section of your local department store. These frogs
are used extensively in laboratories for research because
of the properties of their skin. They used to be used for
pregnancy detection before more sophisticated tests were
available and were released into the wild in the USA when
they were no longer needed. Because the frogs will eat just
about anything and have a long lifespan, they started to
threaten the local fish and frog populations, and are
therefore not legal in some states.

Habitat

African Clawed Frogs are from the cooler places in Africa.
They like to live in areas of stagnant fresh water like ponds,
rivers, and pools. For your frog, you will want to buy an
aquarium and allow for ten gallons of water per frog.
Because your frog breathes air, the water should be six to
twelve inches deep so he can swim to the surface easily.
The tap water has to sit for 24 hours before you put the frog
in it, or use a dechlorinator crystal you can buy from Grow-A-
Frog. Frogs are happiest when the water temperature is
about 74-78 degrees F, so you may need an aquarium
heater. A filter can be used to keep the water clean.

Whether or not to use gravel or stones on the bottom of the
tank is debatable. Some frogs will eat the gravel if it is
small, and they could die. If the stones are big enough, you
could put them on the bottom. Also, provide your frog with
some cover to hide, with plastic plants and decorations.
Don’t use real plants, because your frog will destroy them.

Be sure to have a tight fitting lid on the top of the aquarium.
Your frog is a master at escape and can jump right out of
most places.

You don’t have to use direct light or artificial light for your
frog. They like indirect light the best.

Food

African Clawed Frogs are not fussy eaters. You can feed
them the prepared fish pellets from Grow-A-Frog, or you
can feed them brine shrimp, meal worms, guppies, or Tetra
Rept-min. They will even eat the fish in your aquarium, so be
careful you don’t put them in a tank with little fish.

Lifespan

These frogs have an official lifespan of eight to ten years in
captivity, but most African Clawed frog owners will tell you
their frogs can live fifteen to twenty + years.

Care

Clean the water once a week, less if you use a filter. Feed
him. Watch him (don’t hold the frog; they have chemicals in
their skin which may cause an allergic reaction for some
people). Listen to him sing! (males sing, females don’t).












Benefits

The African Clawed frog if bought as a tadpole is a great
learning tool for children. They will get to watch the frog
grow from tadpole to adult swimming frog. If you buy a male
and a female frog, with some luck, you can watch the
mating process and enjoy the babies that may result.

The male frog has interesting vocalizations for different
occasions. There is the ‘feed me’ song, the ‘I want a mate’
song, and the singing for singing sake song. Both sexes
use their front legs to grab and eat, and look like they are
begging for more food.

If you want a non-allergic pet with interesting habits and
simple requirements, than the African Clawed Frog is for
you!


Author's Resource:

This article has been submitted in affiliation with
www.
PetLovers.Com which is a site for Pet Forums. Mary Casey
is the proud owner of a sixteen-year-old African Clawed
Frog named Mup. Article Source:
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