The African Clawed Frog (or ‘Xenopus laevis’) belongs to the category of aquatic reptiles and has a reputation of being a great swimmer. These animals are considered to be an excellent option for both experienced owners and beginners. They inhabit the southern territory of Africa and their natural habitat is ponds and lakes where water is warm. The average length of these frogs depends on their gender and ranges from 2 to 5 inches. Representatives of this species can live for approximately a decade and a half in the artificial environment.
The skin of the African Clawed Frog can be both grayish and brownish. Its body is covered with speckles of darker shades of these colors. The animal has a plump body, a flat head, a creamy white belly, small front kegs, webbed rear feet, and 3 clawed toes out of 5. Males are primarily smaller and thinner than females.
The habitat required for these reptiles is a glass aquarium with a volume of 10 gallons. The tank should be illuminated by indirect UV light during 10-12 hours. If you want to watch the behavior of your nocturnal pet at night, you can do it via a black bulb. It is prohibited to place the container in the direct sunlight. The necessary water temperature ranges from 68° F and 72° F. PVC pipes, artificial plants, driftwood, commercial aquarium decorations, flower pot halves, and rocks can be used as hiding places to make your animal feel secure. Its enclosure should be filled with 2-5 gallons of water with the depth of 12 inches.
The diet of African Clawed Frogs consists of small fish (guppies and minnows), insects, brine shrimp, and ReptoMin Floating Food Sticks. These reptiles stay primarily underwater and come to the surface only when they need to take a breath. They are characterized by friendly behavior, that’s why you can keep a few frogs of the same sex in one aquarium. You should not handle this animal because it can’t stay out of water for a long time. If you do it, your pet is likely to start biting you, but you will not feel the pain because it has no teeth.