Hymenochirus boettgeri

African Dwarf Frog

13/04/2021 Off By Andy Ptyushkin

Hymenochirus boettgeri, also known as the Zaire Dwarf Clawed Frog or the Congo Dwarf Clawed Frog is a species of frog in the family Pipidae. It is found in Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and east to the Central African Republic and to the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This aquatic frog is generally some shade of brown or grey, speckled with darker spots. The head is narrow and tapering, it lacks a tongue and eyelids. The legs are long and there are claws on the hind feet. Females, at up to 35 mm (1.4 in) are larger than males. The tympanum is twice as large in males as it is in females, giving males the appearance of having a swollen head. Males also have a large subdermal gland on the hind part of their forearm which appears as a white spot near the armpit. This gland enlarges during the breeding season.

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This species is also bred and sold as aquatic pets, often under the name African Dwarf Frog that also includes other Hymenochirus species. As pets, African Dwarf Frogs can live peacefully among other fish in an aquarium. Their tank mates should be neither large enough to pose a predatory threat to the frogs nor small enough to become food for the frogs themselves. They are not an especially demanding species and can be kept in most standard aquarium setups. Seeing as how they must breathe air to survive and can escape from the tank, aquariums that are not too tall and are well-covered are a must. They can be fed a diet of suitably sized food items designed for use with aquarium fish, including live, frozen and freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex worms, and brine shrimp. These frogs are not picky but overfeeding will quickly lead to obesity. They will also eat any form of prepared food that sinks to the bottom.