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outpost 05-15-2010 11:02 AM

Froggy going carpet surfing
 
Has anybody ever had a African dwarf frog go carpet surfing? My mom just woke me up and said she doing my frog all dried up in the bathroom which would be a 20 foot journey for him. I do have a glass lid for my tank but I like the open top look. Why would the frog jump when it's fully aquatic? I've heard of mini crabs getting out but they need some land and some water.
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willow 05-15-2010 11:11 AM

my brother used to keep frogs,and they would carpet croak it (pun intended) often
so much so,he stopped buying them,no matter what he tried,they always used to get out,
and we would find them on the stairs all dry.
not nice for the frog,and not nice to tread on bare footed,:-(

redchigh 05-15-2010 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by outpost (Post 384481)
Has anybody ever had a African dwarf frog go carpet surfing? My mom just woke me up and said she doing my frog all dried up in the bathroom which would be a 20 foot journey for him. I do have a glass lid for my tank but I like the open top look. Why would the frog jump when it's fully aquatic? I've heard of mini crabs getting out but they need some land and some water.
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I used to have a frog that did that until I got a lid.If the water is "polluted" (ammonia or nitrites are too high) then they will try to jump out and find a better body of water nearby.

Also, many frogs terrestrial frogs migrate at mating season... Maybe he was trying to find a girlfriend.

brancasterr 05-17-2010 01:01 AM

What redchigh said is probably the reason. African dwarf frogs will not try to get out of the tank they are in unless they don't like it for some reason. Maybe the water is polluted (did you check your parameters?) or they're being harassed by other inhabitants and wanted to hit the road to a calmer or cleaner place. Sadly for them, your tank was the only safe place for them to be.

I've had two ADF's in my tank for a while now and neither of them have ever shown any interest in trying to get out. At the pet store they tried climbing the walls and I believe this is because they were unhappy there but as soon as I got them in my tank they never attempted to jump or climb out.

As for a lid, I would recommend one because I'm sure you've noticed that when they come up for air they do it extremely fast and have been known to accidentally gain air time and possibly end up out of the tank if no lid is in place to block them.

Grimmjow 05-23-2010 09:30 AM

I know how gross it is, we used to have crabs that would always sneak out the back of the lid and walk around the top of the tank then one day they decided to wander down the stairs onto a hard wood floor and walk by right as i was putting on shoes. I heard the crunch and couldnt figure out what the disgusting mess was, i thought it was a cockroach since i had never seen one before, then i knew what it was when i saw the other on exploring the bathroom.


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