Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted Nov 07, 2015
(Litoria raniformis) Slightly different from Green and Golden Bell frog, The Southern Bell Frog or Growling Grass Frog has a similar body and shows a raised/warty surface on the back and can be darker in the raised/bump area of the back forming darker lines at times. Great starter Amphibian when watched from tadpole age, can be kept indoors in a Glass base/tank amphibian enclosure with screened lids for lighting to sit on. It is best provide water for swimming at all times, hence the glass bottom enclosure, they require a minimum of 1/3 of the enclosure floorspace to be aquatic. False floors can be an excellent way to gain extra aquatic space and involves using a container to raise the ‘ground area’ up above the aquatic area. For a Maximum of 5 Adult frogs, the enclosure should be no less/smaller than a 600mm x 450mm x 450mm Enclosure. It is best to have some ground areas for frogs as they do like to burrow, they are mainly ground dwelling and will also spend time in the water, especially during mating time/spring. Use plastic or clay pots laying on their side on the ground area, semi-stacked with sphagnum moss between them make excellent hiding and resting areas. Try to avoid using too much loose soil/earth as it tends to get stuck to their bodies. Sphagnum moss cleans off their skin easier. Use driftwood/branches for climbing as they will like to get up near the lights at times, however they do not need bright bathing heat lamps. They like to climb up higher during feeding times. Water temp 22-24.c, use a small aquarium heater to maintain temps in colder regions, it is not essential to use a heater as the frogs in the wild will slow down naturally during winter without a heater, however without a heater they will not be active. Can be kept with small species tropical fish, Guppies have survived with our lot for several years. Use a submersible fish tank filter to keep water balanced, also it is preferable to return the water to the main water reservoir via spray bar, with water flowing over rocks or driftwood, this helps to create a natural environment. Misting systems can be used, though this not completely essential. A good hand sprayer wet down of the enclosure each day is sufficient. Minimum Lighting- Preferably some daylight/sunlight however best to have early morning sun only in a smaller enclosure. Compact Full spectrum Daylight Bulbs 25W. You can use plant specific bulbs for plant growth however the plant lighting needs are dependent on your planting choices. Bromeliads and Java moss make good plants for this environment. Feeding preferably small flying insects when young, wingless fruit flies, pinhead crickets, small house flies, and Medium crickets when adult age along with small body blow flies, maggots and small earthworms, occasional small mealworms. These frogs will accept most moving prey and will display great gymnastics to get to their prey making for good entertainment at feeding time. Always keep hands wet when handling. They are Non poisonous. They are carnivorous and will also show signs of cannibalism so it is best to keep frogs in groups of similar body size.