Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Nov 06, 2014
I worked with Herman as a lab tech for a high school biology lab. One of the students brought him in thinking he was an African Dwarf Frog because that's what the pet store told her he was. This actually happens a lot with this frog because the two species look very similar unless you happen to know a thing or two about frogs. Turns out most high school students don't and most of the girls don't care. This frog is exactly what it says, it's a frog from Africa that has claws. It does not have a tongue or any ears which makes it a pretty unique frog in comparison to what most of us think of with frogs and their snappy tongue. The Clawed frog has three claws on it's back feet which is one of the main thing that sets it apart from the Dwarf frog, which has claws on all four feet. There is a theory that these claws are used in mating but since Herman didn't have a girlfriend, he mostly just used his to catch and eat his food. They only get to be about 5 inches long, so they're not very big at all. They are very active but they are aquatic, they can't be out of the water for very long. Caring for them is very similar to taking care of fish but they actually don't mind being handled too much. This is a frog that I would recommend for someone that is just starting out on the amphibian pet adventure.