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Pixie Frog (Pyxicephalus adspersus)

Experience Level: Intermediate

Pixie Frogs

Step 1Choosing a Terrarium

Pixie Frogs originate from humid environments.
They are known to be cannibalistic and will eat other frogs or animals in the habitat (sometimes even those larger than they are).  Pixie Frogs should always be housed individually.

(A) Use a well-ventilated, 10-gallon (18-20" long) or larger terrarium.
(B) Screened lid, if not included with terrarium.

Step 2Heating and Lighting

Adequate habitat temperatures are imperative to the overall health of your frog. Temperatures within the habitat should vary between daytime and nighttime hours.

• Every habitat should be equipped with a (C) thermometer to monitor the habitat temperature and a (D) hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels.

• Supplemental heat, if temperatures fall below the recommended day and nighttime ranges, should be provided by an under-tank heater. (not shown)

  Target Range
Humidity 50 - 80%
Day 75 - 85° F (24 - 29° C)
Night 65 - 75° F (18 - 24° C)

• Pixie Frogs are nocturnal and provided they are supplied with a dietary source of vitamin D, they do not require ultraviolet light however they do need a 12-hour light/dark cycle. If room light does not provide enough light, use a daytime light bulb (fluorescent) to provide approximately 12 hours of visible light per day.

• For night viewing, use a night-specific bulb to minimize visible light provided to your frog.

Step 3Substrate and Decor

(E) Use 2-3" (5-8 cm) layer of coconut fiber or bark. These frogs like to burrow so bedding should be adequately deep to allow for this.
• Clean out waste weekly and completely change bedding at least once a month.
(F) Provide a large shallow water bowl large enough for full body soaking if swimming area is not available.

Alternatuve Habitat Setup

Semi-aquatic environments for Pixie Frogs can also be created by slopping the substrate in an aquarium to provide a land and water side.

The gravel should be gradually sloped down to the water level to allow for easy access for your frog to get in and out of the water. Your frog will need a large enough land area to fully get out of the water.

New surroundings and environments can be stressful for reptiles. Prior to handling your pet, give him 3-4 days to adjust to his new surroundings while monitoring his behavior for any signs of stress or illness. Shortly after purchase, ask a veterinarian familiar with reptiles to examine your pet.

• Runny droppings for more than two days

• Eating or drinking less; weight loss

• Swollen joints

• Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth

• Shedding problems; discolored skin

• Avoidance of the basking area; more time spent hiding

If you notice any of the above signs, speak with a PetSmart store associate or reptile veterinarian with questions about the health of your pet.

Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.

The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.

Other Reminders

Use caution when handling reptiles. All pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Always handle your turtle by the mid section and not by the limbs. Supervise children around pets.

Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet, the aquarium water or cleaning its home.