This is my female Frog, when I got her she was sold as a “jelly Bean frog” and was about the size of her foot. As you can see she now reaches the bottom of the tank and has her face sticking out of the water.
These frogs breathe air, so they NEED space at the top of the tank or you are highly likely to have an escaped frog that dies of rapid dehydration because they are otherwise an aquatic species.
She was a really nice pink when I got her. I was under the impression that this was her natural color. Turns out though that these frogs are Albino and they are painfully dyed a pretty color and as they grow the color fades. If you know anything about Albino’s you are likely familiar with the fact that they don’t keep pigment. An albino human’s hair doesn’t even hold hair dye, at least not for long.
Anyway, this frog now looks like a super muscular raw turkey with red eyes. She is 6-8 inches long depending on her position. Oh, and if your unlucky enough to get a male, they croak!
Now, I love this frog, but I never would have bought her had I know how they are made to be pink. The dye actually causes them to permanently shed that outer layer of skin that makes them appear more like a frog and gives them this ultra-smooth poultry look. When you buy yours it will likely be small so they don’t seem aggressive. However, your frog has claws. Within hours of me adding her to my main tank she had killed every fish but my Pleco. They don’t have teeth but she left slash marks in each of the fish she killed with her claws. Now that she is bigger she will actively hunt anything that fits in her mouth, including snails and other fish. She ate my red-finned shark!!
So, she is housed alone now and while she seems to be rather sociable I can’t get her another frog because she will likely eat the little thing, and if she doesn’t it will be hard to tell if it is male or female until it is mature and that could leave me with several thousand frogs rather quickly.
She seems to enjoy the position she is in pictured above. She suspends herself in the water and has her little face out and just hangs out. If you look closely you can see her black toe nails on her back feet.
I am actually scared of her. I know I shouldn’t be but she is so muscular that I doubt I could handle her safely and her toe nails could easily scratch me and because she is an amphibian she does carry salmonella.
Next time you are in your local fish store ask them about these frogs. Educate them on how they are painfully colored and how dangerous they are to anyone else in the tank. If you have one of these frogs and you don’t want it anymore DO NOT RELEASE IT INTO THE WILD. They are considered an invasive species and have taken over waterways. If you can’t keep your frog anymore talk to your vet about a safe way to euthanize it, or, if you know of someone who you know won’t be irresponsible with it then you can always give it away. Just be sure to educate them first.
Popular aquarium specie that goes through the tortures of being dyed is the “Fruit Tetras” and the Glow Fish that require a black light.