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Albino African Clawed Frog

I got my first African Clawed Frogs in 2004. They have been interesting and fairly easy to care for pets.

When my five year old daughter said that she wanted to raise some tadpoles, I thought it sounded like a fun and educational idea. Within a few weeks, we were the proud owners of 40 something tadpoles and baby frogs. Half were albino, the other half a regular dark frog color.


Watching them grow and transform from little tadpoles into slippery, slimey frogs was very interesting. You can see some of their stages of development in the picture above. The survival rate of these babies was much higher than expected. I think all could have survived if it weren't for a few mistakes on my part.

What you will need:

You won’t need too much to get started with African Clawed frogs. My first one did well for over a year with:

By the time he was 1.5 years old, the 2 gallon aquarium was looking cramped so I upgraded him to 10 gallons. I eventually moved him to a 50 gallon tank along with 4 other African Clawed frogs and a large goldfish. - They all seemed to love having the extra swimming room!

Caring for your frogs:

Albino African Clawed Frog TadpoleAfrican Clawed Frogs should be kept at 68 - 75 degrees Fahrenheight in clean, treated water. If your tank is likely to get over 80 degrees at any time, you should use Koizyme or Lymozme to prevent bacteria from taking over and making your frogs sick.

ACFs (African Clawed Frogs) should be fed daily, as much as they will eat in 15 minutes. Some frogs can even be trained to take food directly from their human's fingers. If you try to teach your frog(s) to do this - please be patient. And if they refuse to learn, don't take it personally. I think it takes an extra-brave frog to work up the courage to touch a human.

Once your frogs are grown, they should be housed in an aquarium big enough for them to have at least 2 gallons of water per frog. (5 - 10 gallons per frog is recommended). Regardless of how many frogs you have, you should get at least a 10-gallon aquarium so they have room to stretch out and swim. Many sites recommend at least a 20 gallon, long aquarium.

Do not house frogs with anything that could fit in their mouth unless you want them to eat it. Before I understood this rule, my frogs ate 5 goldfish, 3 younger frogs, and aquarium gravel. I have seen them attempt to eat their fake plants and even each other!

You can learn more about how to care for African Clawed Frogs at http://www.xenopus.com/husbandry.htm#feed .

Feeding Time Albino African Clawed Frog Baby African Clawed Frog ACF With Tail

More Notes:

For Tadpoles

I suggest an aquarium with under gravel filtration because tadpoles are small enough to get sucked into a regular filter that hangs over the the side of an aquarium. But you could get by with as little as a bowl of comfortably temperatured treated water and sinking fish food. The main drawback is that you will have to clean up and change the water more often.

For Frogs

African Clawed Frogs are known to be escape artists. Make sure your aquarium has a properly fitting hood. I am guilty of only using a rubber mesh thing intended to hold rugs in place and I think all 5 of our frogs have escaped at some point this year. It also helps, if you have a large enough aquarium, to keep water levels several inches below the top.

These frogs will eat pretty much anything that they can stuff into their greedy little mouths. Remember to be careful what you put in their tank!


Remember to quarantine new pets before adding them to your aquarium, even when buying from a reputable pet store or friend.