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 #2264243


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 What kind of frogs are we?

I caught these two last summer, in my tire shop. Two separate dates, so they may not be the same, but they look the same to me. I never had frogs before because I never thought they would be fun to watch. I was wrong. They do some funny things. They live in a 10 gallon tank together with a small pool but they don’t stay in it long. Obviously they are hardy because I have kept them for almost a year now with no frog experience. But I would like to know more about them. I wouldn’t have the faintest clue what sex they are. But they don’t fight and I don’t think they are trying to breed. Lol. I live on Long Island, NY if that helps any.



04/25/12  08:05pm

 #2264343


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  Message To: Gonecrazynback   In reference to Message Id: 2264243


 What kind of frogs are we?

They are obviously toads -- probably American toads, a common and hardy species. Toads are amiable creatures that live well in groups, as you can see... if you’ve already kept them that long you must be doing something right, so keep up the good work!

I’m wondering, what are you feeding them? They like almost any type of live insects, worms, etc.



04/26/12  04:06pm

 #2264500


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  Message To: Crotus   In reference to Message Id: 2264343


 What kind of frogs are we?

Mostly crickets but they do get the occasional worm. They seem happy. They squeak alot. They don’t croak or ribbit like in the movies. Lol.



04/27/12  07:07pm

 #2264956


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  Message To: Gonecrazynback   In reference to Message Id: 2264500


 What kind of frogs are we?

Excellent! Only male toads make sounds, and with toads it lends to be a low-pitched trilling.



05/01/12  06:22pm

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  Message To: Crotus   In reference to Message Id: 2264956


 What kind of frogs are we?

I’ve tried to read up on how to sex them but they don’t stay still long enough to tell.



05/06/12  07:03pm

 #2265561


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  Message To: Gonecrazynback   In reference to Message Id: 2265488


 What kind of frogs are we?

The males often tend to have darker throats [somewhat like a "five-o’clock shadow" but not actual hair, of course :-) ] and when they are calling, they inflate their throat pouch like a small balloon. Also, the females, which have paler throats, usually tend to grow a little larger, because when they are in amplexus (mating embrace) the male clasps the female’s back and rides around on top of her for awhile, until she lays her egg masses, at which time he fertilizes them; external fertilization is required because male amphibians have no copulatory organs, although interestingly, in many salamanders, the female picks up the male’s sperm packet into her cloacal lips, thus effecting internal ferilization without copulation(!).

Other than that, sexing them is rather difficult. But unless you want to breed them, which would seem quite unnecessary in the case of such a common species, it really doesn’t matter because, as you’ve seen, our native toads are very laid-back, communal creatures, not territorial by nature like some other herps.



05/07/12  04:49pm

 #2266284


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  Message To: Crotus   In reference to Message Id: 2265561


 What kind of frogs are we?

Yeah. They get along great. Just curious because I keep chameleons and the females need a place to lay eggs or they become eggbound. I just want to make sure they are doing good. I think they would have bred by now if they were gonna.



05/13/12  05:32pm

 #2266520


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  Message To: Gonecrazynback   In reference to Message Id: 2266284


 What kind of frogs are we?

If you are really interested in breeding toads, I think you may need a setup that has a sizable shallow water area, because the females normally lay their egg masses in vernal ponds or other pools of water. But as you can see, they make great pets and will do just fine with the setup you have, for that purpose.



05/15/12  06:21pm

 #2269500


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  Message To: Crotus   In reference to Message Id: 2266520


 What kind of frogs are we?

No interest in breeding. No need to. They just got two more roommates! LOL. Can four of them get along in a 10 gallon tank? They all seem fine together.



06/10/12  07:58pm


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