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My Frogs

Discussion in 'Pets and Wildlife' started by goods, May 23, 2011.

  1. goods

    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Zack, I've heard lots about Justin from a few other local frog people, but I haven't been able to meet him yet. I am supposed to once he comes back from Panama, though. Do you know him?
     
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    Zack Will work for plants Supporting Member

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    He's an acquaintance of mine. Can't say that I know him very well though.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Oh ok. From what I've been told, he has a very nice collection of warmer growing Pleuros as well as some cool frogs.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thought I'd update this with a few new pictures. This is an Oophaga pumilio "Almirantw". I have two froglets in a the 20H tank in the third picture from post 17 of this thread. I'll try to get a picture of the tank up later to show how much it's grown in a very short amount of time. I only got good pictures of one of the frogs. The other's hiding out in the Selaginella at the top of the tank. This one's legs are grayish and the other one has navy blue legs. One interesting thing about this genus is the mother lays unfertilized eggs for the tadpoles to eat (Oophaga means egg eater).
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  5. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Man... I totally dig frogs.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have Pacific tree frogs in my green house and they are fun to have around. I really like your colorful PDF's. I could see getting into that hobby some day. Really cool.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Jon I just looked up a few of your old frog posts. Those sylvatica you had were awesome. I really like the less common Oophaga species and I've never seen any like yours before. I've seen a couple of the histrionicus morphs in person and the're spectacular looking frogs. I only wish they were a little more common and a little less expensive.

    Kelly I plan on getting these guys breeding once they mature, so if you ever want to give them a try, I'm sure I can work out a deal for plants or something.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Yum! Frog legs in cajun style.:D
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Zach but I think it will be a few years before I try this hobby.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Just thought I'd update this thread since I have a new inhabitant in one of my tanks. This is Oophaga pumilio "Cristobal". It's the same species as my Almirantes, but it is found on a different island off the coast of Panama.

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    I've had a soft spot for amphibians, since I was a child, but have never kept anything particularly exotic. I do enjoy seeing them here. I noticed that some of them have a designation enclosed in quotes and I was wondering what hat signifies in the frog world.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Marni, I'd imagine you could design a pretty awesome tank for these guys with all the awesome Pleurothallids you grow :) The word(s) in quotes signify the locale these frogs are found in the wild. Hybrids and even mixing of locales are highly frowned upon in this hobby in an effort to keep these as close to wild type as possible.

    Many of these species are highly variable in color, marking, size, etc as you move from locale to locale, so the names are just a way to differentiate between the areas. Many of the words are the actual place they are found (El Cope, San Cristobal, Bastimentos), but others are just trade names that importers gave to a certain colored frog (El Dorado).
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very cool, Zach.
     
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    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Those are beautiful! I have a frog who somehow got in my greenhouse and has decided that it is heaven. I don't mind because he eats the gnats etc, but occassionally he scares me to death by showing up where I least expect him. Mine is just the ordinary brown/gray variety -- your frogs are amazing!
     
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    Frogs in the greenhouse are good! They take care of many of the pest insects for our plants. I have a small colony of greenhouse frogs in mine and they sound start to call like crazy after the sprinkler goes off.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thought I'd update this thread with a few more pictures:

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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Beautiful creatures.
     
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    Are you doing some breeding yet? They are colorful!
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    The red headed one with the blue reticulated body is exceptionally beautiful. I lived for a time in a forest with a estimated density of 10,000 tree frogs per acre of just a single species, not counting four of five others that lived there. When the rains would start at the end of the dry season, ther racket was unbelievable, easily dwarfing the street noise in any city.
     
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    Tom, yes a few have begun to breed. The ones pictured first and last have tadpoles riding on their backs waiting to be deposited in a water source.

    Ricardo, the red-headed one is truly amazing. I have four in a tank, and they're like little flashes running across the leaves and branches. It's really cool that those color patterns occur naturally. I couldn't imagine living in an area with that many frogs! I'm doing some herp sampling at a local site, and the chorus frogs and spring peepers are deafening after rain on a warm night.