Other common names: Chubby Frog; Malaysian Narrow-Mouthed Frog; Asian Bullfrog; Painted Frog; Rice Frog; Bubble Frog
Scientific name: Kaloula pulchra
The Asian Painted Frog is
a small frog which is native to much of Southeast Asia. They are mostly terrestrial, and are found in a variety
of habitats, from forest floors and rice paddies to villages and towns. The Asian Painted Frog is a voracious feeder of insects and is a nocturnal species.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) the wild population of Asian Painted Frog is listed as being of "Least concern". In fact, they have been introduced and have become established in several nations in which they are not native, and are considered a potential invasive species. All specimens of Asian Painted Frog in the pet trade are wild caught.
Appearance / health:
Chubby Frogs will inflate their body size when lifted as a defense against being eaten. They’ll also secrete a foul-tasting, toxic gooey substance to make themselves less appetizing.
Behavior / temperament:
Like other "narrow mouthed frogs" Kaloula pulchra can inflate its body to a larger size when it feels threatened. It also secretes a smelly liquid to make itself less appealing to potential predators.
A single Asian Painted Frog can be housed in a 15 gallon habitat. An ideal temperature is around 80 F during the day and 65 - 75 F. at night.
low maintenance pets
Tight fitting screen
healthy undisturbed frog, natural enclosures, chubby frogs
Low maintenance cute frog but boring
In the UK we call these "chubby frogs", if you look at the photo I've taken of one of mine, you'll see why! I've heard people call them cute, and people call them grotesque - I guess it's personal preference. I personally quite like the look, it's different!
This frog is not an active frog, it's shape makes it difficult for it to move and when it does, it waddles with difficulty. It ambushes prey and is quite happy to sit in the same location for a week, just waiting for something delicious to walk by. I've tried providing large, natural enclosures, but it just doesn't care.
Provide the right temperatures and humidity and then prepare to watch your frog sit there. If you want to watch him move to a slightly different hole, then simulate the rainy season - you might get to watch him go out and look for a mate, although no one successfully breeds these in captivity. If you see one in a store, it will be wild caught.
Overall these might be good for children (under supervision) or people who want very low maintenance pets - but don't expect an animal that does much other than eats food that walks close enough..
From Athravan Jun 15 2015 7:31AM
Carl is my Asian Painted frog. He's a small round frog with a yellow stripe "painted" on each side.
Asian Painted frogs are native to southeast Asia and live in a wide variety of habitats. They can be found in populated villages, rice fields, and on the leafy forest grounds.
Typical to the amphibian species, these frogs are known for their seasonal activities. They are busiest after storms during the rainy season and more reclusive during dry months.
All Asian Painted frog pets are wild caught. Fortunately, their hardiness enables them to endure transport well. However, some individual frogs may not take to shipping well and the stress from being removed from the wild or kept in poor conditions at pet stores can cause health problems. When selecting your frog, make sure it has good weight, clear eyes, and no abrasions or open wounds. A healthy undisturbed frog will remain hidden or partially buried during the day unless food is around.
A standard 10 gallon tank is sufficient for housing, as these frogs are not large or active. Tight fitting screen is essential to prevent these climbers from escaping.
Asian Painted frogs need a moist substrate. I use pet safe soil so I can keep live plants to simulate my captive's natural environment. This makes adjustment from the wild to captivity easier, and ensuring a "happy hopper." Avoid gravel, sand, bark chippings, etc. because they can be easily swallowed and harm the little guy.
African Painted frogs tolerate a wide range of temperatures. During the day a temperature of 68-78 degrees Fahrenheit and a decrease at night are acceptable. Occasional warm days or cool nights are okay for healthy frogs.
In the wild, an increase in humidity and moisture initiates breeding. Misting a part of the tank a few times a week will help create a humid area and increase activity.
These fellows have a hearty appetite and will eat most common feeder insects. Crickets should be the majority of your Asian Painted frog's diet. Every few feedings you can replace the cricket cuisine with earthworms, silk worms, and meal worms.
Your frog needs a water dish big enough for him to soak in. Never use tap water. Spring water is highly recommended. Personally, being an owner of quite a few reptiles and amphibians, I boil water no less than 10 minutes and store it for my pets. (This water also keeps the aquarium walls cleaner after misting, as well.)
Carl is an enjoyable frog. I do not handle him often. When I do, I make sure to wash my hands before and after touching him. My enjoyment comes from simply watching my Asian Painted frog happy in the environment I provide him..
From ShaySchwa May 3 2014 1:09PM