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Solomon Island Leaf Frog Ceratobatrachus guentheri

These gorgeous forest floor dwellers show up occasionally in importations, however they usually do poorly, and they are most often the duller brown form. This species is polymorphic, that is there are many different color forms of the species, and the golden color form we are working with here is not very often seen. In addition this frog is rarely captive bred. This is largely due to the poor condition of the wild caught specimens that come in, but also due to the extremely delicate nature of the offspring, which are only about a quarter inch long when they hatch.

Yes…hatch. This frog undergoes direct development, with the eggs being laid in shallow nests dug into the forest floor. The eggs are about the size of a pea, and the clear outer gel reveals the developing frog in the egg.

Once the juveniles are established, they are pretty hardy, and this frog makes a very good display animal. While they are nocturnal, they are often found out in the open, relying on their camouflage to hide them.

One note, you should probably not plan to keep these frogs too near an area where you will be trying to sleep, as they have a pretty noisy call, something like the barking of a small dog! To give you an idea, I could still hear them on the first floor of my house, and the frogs were in the basement. However they were not loud enough to keep me awake, but my wife didn't particularly care for it! I have since moved them out from under our bedroom!!
Synonyms
Locality

Triangle frog

Solomon Islands
Temps
Humidity
Terrarium Preferences
Upper seventies to low eighties. Moderate

Tank should have plenty of floor space. A forty breeder is probably the smallest tank that I would recommend keeping a few of these in.

Size
Visibility in the tank
Groups of these compatible
Up to about 3 inches Good. Often found sitting in open.

Yes, do well in groups as long as they are not overcrowded.

Experience Level
Compatible with other species?

Intermediate to advanced.

Caution should be used, any frog or other animal that is small enough to be eaten will be.

Breeding :
Status in Hobby
Probably best bred in groups, but I have not tried keeping and breeding just a pair.

While regularly imported, captive breeding of this frog is not common, and most imported animals do poorly. Further attempts to breed this frog should be made!

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In this picture you can see the developing leaf frog in the egg. The egg is about the size of a large pea.