In Depth Information on Common Aquatic Clawed Frogs
Introduction to African Clawed Frogs
African Clawed Frog Housing and Feeding
African Clawed Frog sizes and lifespan
African Clawed Frog Sexing and Breeding
Raising ACF Tadpoles
My Tadpole Journal
ACF Color Variations
African Clawed Frog Disease and Injury
Species of Xenopus
Can I keep other aquatic life with my ACF?
African Clawed Frogs Today
Where To Buy ACF
African Clawed Frog Links
Introduction to African Dwarf Frogs
African Dwarf Frog Housing and Feeding
African Dwarf Frog size and lifespan
African Dwarf Frog Sexing and Breeding
Raising Dwarf Frog Tadpoles
Dwarf Frog Color Variations
African Dwarf Frog Disease and Injury
Species of the African Dwarf Frog
Can I keep other aquatic life with my ADF?
African Dwarf Frogs and Bettas
Where To Buy ADF
African Dwarf Frog Links
Setting up a Natural tank for your aquatic frog
My Personal Page
For Sale

This website contains information on the African Clawed Frog and the African Dwarf Frog.

African Clawed Frogs (Xenopus) and African Dwarf Frogs(Hymenochirus) are said to have evolved 125 million years ago during the time that Africa and South America were still connected. This is when the Pipidae family divided into four genera:
                      *Pipa (South America)
                      *Xenopus (Africa)
                      *Hymenochirus (Africa)
The word Xenopus means "Strange Foot" and Laevis means "Smooth".
All species of Pipidae are toungless, toothless and completely aquatic. They use their hands to shove food in their mouths and down their throats and a Hyobranchial Pump to draw or suck food in their mouth. Pipidae have powerful legs for swimming and lunging after food. They also use the claws on their feet to tear pieces of large food. They lack true ears but have latteral lines running down the legnth of the body and underside (Frankenstein stitches), this is how they can sense movements and vibration in the water. They use their sensitive fingers, sense of smell, and lateral line system to find food. They are a scavenger and will eat anything living, dying or dead and any type of organic waste.
Please come over and join my frog-friendly discussion group! It is a fantastic group of active members, including myself, and other experienced ACF/ADF hobbiests! If you have an urgent question I guarentee you will have your answer in less then a day, and you will also recieve advice from multiple members for second and third opinions too! It is also a great place to chat with other fellow ACF/ADF fanatics to learn new tips and suggestions for all aspects of their care. I hope to see you there!

Froggy-Friends Discussion Group

Do I have an African CLAWED Frog or an African DWARF frog?
African Dwarf Frog (Hymenochirus Boettgeri)
  • small and pigmented (albino dwarfs do not exist)
  • skinny
  • eyes positioned on the side of their head
  • snout pointed and "beaklike"
  • ***Front Hands are WEBBED***

African Clawed Frog (Xenopus Laevis)

  • albino or pigmented
  • froglets are chubby and thicker then a dwarf
  • eyes positioned on top of head
  • snout is flat and curved
  • ***Front Hands are NOT webbed***


If you see a picture you want to use from this website PLEASE email me and ask first, some of these pictures are mine and some I have had permission to use from good friends. ASK FIRST :) Sharing is Caring so I am always willing to help, just please send me an email first.

9 year old female Xenopus Laevis

African Dwarf Frog
Hymenochirus Boettgeri

Whats New On This Site? 
  • If you want to rehome your frog please join the DISCUSSION GROUP! The active members there will help you.
  • AFRICAN CLAWED FROG DIET! Now currently selling my own mix of floating pellets that offers only the best nutrition in a variety of options all in one feeding! Please see "For Sale" page for more information. NO LONGER SELLING.
  • PayPal donation and easy Adoption form makes adopting and supporting the rescue even easier! Plus 3 new frogs that need a home.
  • Four new links! ACF taking over Lily Pond in southern CA, Pics and Info about Lily Pond, Invasive Species Report and an article from the SFexaminer. See Introduction to ACF for more details!
  • Xenopus status in Canada! Are they illegal? See Introduction to African Clawed Frogs for more information.
  • Penn-Plax Battery Vac. It's great for ACF, check it out! See African Clawed Frog Feeding and Housing for more information. (Scroll under subheading Tank Care)
Updated : 11-08-2009
A special THANK YOU to CHRIS! For helping me with this website and my millions of technical questions. I couldn't have got this site up and running without you. Thanks a bunch!


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