CB 10-12cm Giant African Bullfrog – (Pyxicephalus adspersus)
The African bullfrogs, or pyxies, are not an overly active species, and captives do not require particularly large terraria. A small African bullfrog can be maintained in a 40x20x25cm aquarium, a medium frog in a 50x25x30cm aquarium and a large frog in a 60x20x30cm aquarium. Captive specimens may be maintained either terrestrially, or in 2-3cm deep of water. African bullfrogs, or pyxies, do well in either set-up, but are less prone to obesity in the terrarium set-up where they burrow in the soil and emerge only when they are hungry. Water set-ups require frequent (if not daily) cleaning, as bacteria proliferate in this type of terrarium.
African bullfrogs require a near constant air temperature of 23C. This is best achieved by sticking a heatmat on one side of the glass enclosure. This heatmat is regulated using a thermostat to make sure the temperature stays constant.
As the glass is only being heated on one side this also creates a small temperature gradient within the enclosure allowing the frog to warm itself up or move away to cool down.
If the enclosure is not able to get up to temperature with the heat mat alone a small basking bulb may be implemented in the canopy as long as the temperatures do not exceed 26C.
African bullfrogs are terrestrial frogs but still need to be kept moist. The best way of doing this is by lining the floor with a mixture of bark chips and damp moss, the substrate can be taken out and resoaked or replaced as necessary.
The frogs vivarium can be decorated with artificial plants for a more natural look. Natural wood ornaments look very effective and also provide further perches for the frogs. Trailing plants are very good at disguising electrical wires and equipment, as well as providing cover for young amphibians.
Adult African bullfrogs will eagerly accept prey up to the size of adult mice and small rats, care should be taken when feeding as they will also eagerly accept the fingers of those proffering the meal.
African bullfrogs are carnivorous and have a diet consisting of mainly livefoods. The core of the livefood diet should be high in protien and relatively easy to digest. Brown crickets are the most readily accepted, but you can also use black crickets or locusts (hoppers). On occasion, for variation you can offer other bugs such as mealworms, waxworms or calciworms.
African bullfrogs can also be fed small ‘pinky’ mice or earthworms once a week to add a bit more protein to their diet.
To provide the African bullfrog with optimal nutrition and to keep them in the best of health, they will require diet supplementaion in the form of calcium, vitamins and minerals. These are most commonly available as powders.
Any livefood for the frog should be ‘gut-loaded’ with an insect food. This basically involves feeding the livefood a nutrient rich diet before they are fed to the African bullfrog. Reptile Shop Online livefood is delivered to you already gut-loaded but this should be continued at home.