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Starry Night Reed Frog (SUBADULT) - Heterixalus alboguttatus-

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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 alboguttatusSometimes 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.

 

Sexing: Heterixalus alboguttatus is not sexable until 6-8 months of age. Male reed frogs tend to be smaller than females, which often appear both longer and wider. Josh's Frogs sells 2-3 month old juveniles that are not sexable unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

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.

 

Social Behavior: Heterixalus alboguttatus do well housed in groups their entire life, as long as enough space is provided. Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair. Please refer to the chart below to see your chances of getting at least one male and one female out of a group. We recommend purchasing at least 4-5 reed frogs at a time.

 

Dart Frog Frog Chance of Getting a Pair chart

 

Breeding: Reed frogs are very, very easy to breed - just house a male and a female together! When housed in a proper environment, Starry Night Reed Frogs are very prolific, laying clutches of 50-200 eggs every 2-3 weeks. Eggs are generally laid right above or below the water's surface, and quickly develop into very small, delicate tadpoles. For more information on how to take care of reed frog eggs and tadpoles, please watch our videos on How to Care For Reed Frog Eggs, and How to Care For Reed Frog Tadpoles.

 

Natural Range: Heterixalus alboguttatus are native to Madagascar. They inhabit riparian zones, where a body of water (mainly a pond) meets the land. Among emergent vegetation, reed frogs spend the day sleeping on the underside of leaves. With their limited range and the seemingly imminent destruction of their native habitat, maintaining this species in captivity should be of the upmost importance.

 

 

 

History in the Hobby: Starry night reed frogs have been imported directly from Madagascar several times over the past decade. These imports are the foundation of the captive population of Heterixalus alboguttatus in the United States today.

 

Links of Interest:

Wikipedia - article on the current habitat of Starry Night Reed Frogs in Madagascar
IUCN Redlist - information on the current status of Heterixalus alboguttatus in the wild

 

Still not sure if Starry Night Reed Frogs from Josh's Frogs are the right poison dart frog for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!


Not sure how to care for Starry Night Reed Frogs? Read the following care guide, written by the experts at Josh's Frogs!


Reed Frogs of Madagascar Care


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Shipping for any number of frogs is just $39.99.


Frogs are shipped via Fedex Priority Overnight and are delivered by 10:30am Tuesday through Friday to most locations. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally.


Scheduling of frog order is dependant on your availability and weather. Josh's Frogs will call you to schedule frog orders before any orders are shipped out, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive, and to check your local weather conditions.


We can ship directly to your address, as long as your local overnight low temperature is above 39F the night of shipping, and your high temperature is below 86F at noon on the day of arrival. If your overnight lows are below 40F but above 29F, Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest Fedex Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your high temperature is over 85F, Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest Fedex Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your overnight low is below 30F, Josh's Frogs retains the right to hold frog shipping until temperatures increase due to safety concerns. We will hold the frogs for any length of time necessary to ensure that the frogs you order are received in the best of health. To find your nearest appropriate Fedex location, click here, then select "Staff Location" and "Hold Package at Location for Pickup" under filters. Enter your zip code, and Fedex's website will display the nearest locations where you may pick up your frogs. We'll look up the locations for you when we call to schedule frog shipping. 


You do not need to check your temperature before ordering frogs - Josh's Frogs will call you to schedule frog orders before any orders are shipped out, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive, and to check your local weather conditions.


Shipping for any number of frogs is a flat rate $39.99. This includes postage, a box with 1" styrofoam insulation, gel packs, heat/ice packs and/or phase 22 panels if necessary. Josh's Frogs has been shipping frogs since 2004 and has shipped thousands of animals safely. We have a special contract with UPS to ship live animals directly to residential addresses and guarantee live arrival as long as our Live Arrival Conditions are met.

Josh's Frogs guarantees the Health & Live Arrival of all frogs.


All frog shipments are sent via FedEx Priority Overnight. Josh's Frogs guarantees that all frogs will arrive alive and in good health, provided that temperatures on day of arrival do not exceed 85 degrees before the frogs are delivered to home or business address, or nearest FedEx location. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 40 degrees for delivery to home or business address. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 30 degrees for pickup at the nearest FedEx location. Someone is there to accept the package on first delivery attempt, or package is picked up by noon the day of arrival if package is held at a FedEx location for pickup. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.


If frogs arrive deceased or in poor condition, Josh's Frogs requires that the customer notifies us of the condition of the animal(s) within 1 hour of arrival via email at info@joshsfrogs.com, or at (800) 691-8178. Picture(s) of the animal(s) must be sent by 4pm EST day of arrival to info@joshsfrogs.com. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.


Josh's Frogs offers a 3 day health guarantee on all animals purchased from Josh's Frogs. If animal(s) purchased arrive in good shape but fail to thrive within 3 days, Josh's Frogs requires that pictures of the animal(s) and their habitat is emailed to info@joshsfrogs.com within 3 days of the animal's arrival. When emailing the pictures, please include relavent habitat information, such as average humidity and temperature. A Josh's Frogs representative will then contact the customer and discuss poison dart frog care. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

Starry Night Reed Frog (SUBADULT) - Heterixalus alboguttatus

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Great addition to the hobby... Review by Craig Conflict
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I was so excited to see that J F was offering and breeding these amazing reeds...I managed to breed these in the mid 90's and brought a hand full to the IAD show in Baltimore... They went like hotcakes and I think its so awesome that this continues at Josh's Frogs... You guys rock !!! (Posted on 1/5/14)
Nice little ones Review by Jordan623
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I have my pair in an exo terra, 12x12x18 and they love it! Soon I'll be upgrading them and adding more!!! Best quality reed frogs hands down I've seen in 3 years. (Posted on 9/24/13)
Beautiful!! Review by mary
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My frogs arrived in wonderful condition. They were active and out and about not hiding at all also ate food right away, their colors are brilliant. Thankyou so much for doing suck a superior job in raising-breeding and packaging them so nicely.

Well Done
Mary (Posted on 8/22/13)
cute little feezers. Review by dianne
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This is my first endeavor in "frogging" I am so pleased with the 6 beautiful Starry Nite Reeds. They seem to enjoy their environment I purchased solely through Josh's Frogs. They are tiny right now and my husband and I spend a lot of time playing "spot the frogs" as he has recently become immobile . Thank you Josh an crew for working with me so our frogs would arrive on a very special day. My hubby is enjoying our new hobby. (Posted on 4/3/13)

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