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In Depth Information on Common Aquatic Clawed Frogs
African Clawed Frog sizes and lifespan
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How Long Do They Live?
 
I have heard that they can live around 20 years in captivity and sometimes longer! A good guess is that the average lifespan is around 15 years. I had a frog that was 9 years old, she passed away to an unknown illness. If well cared for these frogs will be a long lived companion.

Xenopus Laevis
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measuring a frog

Xenopus Laevis Froglet
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3 weeks old

xenopus laevis "Wonder"
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my largest female, 9 years old

Newly morphed Xenopus froglets
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SHEDDING of skin
Once every 1-2 weeks your frog will shed it's skin. It will appear as a transparent film hanging off its body. Then your frog will kick at its head a few times to remove the skin. Usually when this happens the frog eats the skin. It is a fast process lasting less then a minute and sometimes you may never see your frog shed. Sometimes frogs wont eat their skin and you will find a thin filmy substance stuck on tank decorations. This is the skin that was shed so just remove it from the tank and throw it away.

Shed Skin
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Usually skin is consumed, but sometimes you find it stuck in tank decorations

How Big Do They Get?
 
BIG
  • Males will reach 2-3 inches SVL (snout vent legnth, not inluding legs)
  • Females will reach 4-5 inches SVL and sometimes bigger!
 
It takes them about 7-12 month to reach full size from froglet stage. Water quality, correct diet and tank size encourages proper growth. Poor diet, too small a tank and/or overcrowding and unclean water can cause stunting in their growth and other problems such as bone deformities, illness and even death.

Female Xenopus Laevis
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"Kermit"

Male Xenopus Muelleri
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"Ernie"

Male Xenopus Laevis
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"Piggy"

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