Defining Characteristics: Great beginner frog | Bright Yellow Coloration | Bold | Easy to breed | Moderately loud call | Great in Groups | Nocturnal
Name: Belonging to the family Hyperoliidae, the Starry Night Reed Frog is scientifically known as Heterixalus alboguttatus. Sometimes referred to Spotted Reed Frogs or simply 'starry nights', these frogs are so named for their contrasting yellow and black pattern, which resembles the sky on a clear night.
Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for 4-6 Starry Night Reed Frogs, but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 Exo Terra Glass Terrarium, as it will allow for easier cleaning. Not sure how to set up a reed frog enclosure? Please watch our video on How to Set Up a Terrarium for Reed Frogs.
Temperature: Heterixalus alboguttatus can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 85 F, but prefer temperatures in the mid 70s. Temperatures over 90F are dangerous. A low wattage basking spot, with a temperature of 85-90F, will be utilized but is not absolutely needed.
Humidity: Like most frogs, reed frogs prefer a humidity range of 70 – 100%, but can tolerate humidity down to 50% for short periods of time if the frogs have access to water. Low humidity levels, especially without access to water, can quickly be fatal. Starry Night Reed Frogs occur in the marginal areas between water and land, referred to as the riparian zone. As such, they require high humidity paired with substantial ventilation.
Size: Adult female reed frogs are larger, measuring in at approximately 1.5 inches. Male Heterixalus alboguttatus are a bit smaller, averaging about 1 inch at maturity. All of the Starry Night Reed Frog froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 3/4” long.
Age: Heterixalus alboguttatus is capable of living over 5 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 2-3 years is more common. Active breeding shortens expected lifespan down to 1-2 years. All reed frogs for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.
Feeding: At Josh's Frogs, we feed our reed frogs dusted crickets. At 3/4", juvenile reed frogs can easily take 1/8" crickets, and 1/4" crickets as adults. Make sure to dust all prey items with a quality vitamin/mineral supplement. We place the crickets in floating food bowls in the reed frog habitat, to preven crickets from drowning and fouling the water. To learn more about feeding reed frogs, please watch our video on How to Feed Reed Frogs.
Color/Pattern: A very variable reed frog, all Starry Night Reed Frogs are black with yellow/white spots. The amount of black, white, and yellow can vary widely among individuals. Spots can be large in some individual reed frogs, leading to an almost netted appearance. Adult Starry Night Reed Frogs tend to have orange feet. Please keep in mind that juvenile reed frogs sometimes take a few months to develop their adult coloration, and may appear cream or brown colored at first. At night, reed frogs may appear pale in color when they are active.