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What's in a Name? You can find these little fatties under a variety of names -- Asian Painted Frogs, Chubby Frogs, Banded Bull Frogs, Rice Frogs, or Bubble Frogs. All these appellations refer to their outward appearance. The Asian part, of course, refers to their origin.
Handling? Most frogs do not want you to handle them. They're actually afraid you'll eat them. Chubbies will also give off a sticky goo that's rumored to taste nasty. Never tried it myself, and I always wash my hands after (and wet my hands before) handling any anuran. Do not rub your eyes, nose, or lips after handling them unless you wash your hands.
Other Security: When you first get your chubby frog, you'll notice he gets even chubbier when you first pick him up. He doesn't want you to swallow him. He's trying to make it even harder for him to fit in your mouth. Sooner or later he'll figure out you do not want to do anything other than move him.
Foods: Chubby frogs love crickets. Dust your crickets once a week with a calcium and vitamin supplement. And/or gutload them. Chubby frogs eat other soft insects and worms. They love flies (moving flies). You can trick them into eating dead flies by blowing on the flies gently with a straw. Do not inhale. Note: Chubby frogs get chubby by eating lots and lots of crickets. And even though they are more active at night, they always manage to work crickets into their daily schedule normally devoted to loafing.
Feeding Time: Since chubby frogs are nocturnal, they prefer to dine fashionably late. They also feed better under low light conditions. And, if you provide lots of cover, your chubby frogs may have trouble finding their dinner.
Frogitat: You can provide decor as simple as a single flower pot on its side. Or jungle the joint up with plastic plants. Or even add potted live plants. Your frog could care less as long as he has a place to hide during the day.
Water Supply: Give your chubby frog a low water bowl and change it often. I prefer to provide a layer of water that also keeps their tank humid. Keep one end of their tank higher than the other. Some people like to mist them frequently durng the day to maintain a high humidity. (What about misting them at night?)
Frogitat Cleaning: Weekly cleaning of their container helps
keep them healthy. Excess frog mess causes stress. Take out your
critter and hose out your substrate. Sand is nearly impossible to
clean. Wood mulches are totally impossible to clean without an
autoclave. Add a bit of water conditioner to get rid of chlorine in
the water or use aged water.
Colors Vary: Basically studies in black and brown (similar to Whistler's mother), chubby frogs will blend into most "natural" substrates. The slightly red or salmon colors of some remind you a bit of tomato frogs.
Ground Dwellers: Definitely not tree frogs, chubbies live on the ground -- sometimes below ground. In the wild, they dig down to wait for rain (great weather for frogs). In captivity, they dig down to get away from you. Give them two inches of substrate and they'll dig to the bottom. But if you provide ladders up and out, they will climb out. During the day in the wild, chubbies hide under leaf litter and discarded McDonald's wrappers. At night they come out to feed on insects that have also come out to eat.
Last Words: Not the liveliest pet on the block, chubby frogs are a good starter frog to work with. They can live their entire life in a 10-gallon tank and prosper under very basic conditions. They need no special lighting or hard to find foods. LA
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