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Blue Back Reed Frog - Heterixalus madagascariensis (Captive Bred)-

$39.99

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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 Blue Back Reed Frog is scientifically known as Heterixalus madagascarensisSometimes referred to Spotted Reed Frogs or simply 'Blue Backs', 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 Blue Back 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 madagascarensis 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. Blue Back 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 madagascarensis are a bit smaller, averaging about 1 inch at maturity. All of the Blue Back Reed Frog froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 3/4” long.

 

Age: Heterixalus madagascarensis 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 madagascarensis 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 Blue Back Reed Frogs are primarily a light blue coloration. The amount of black, white, and yellow spots can vary widely among individuals. Spots can be large in some individual reed frogs, leading to an almost netted appearance, while many adults lack spots completely. Adult Blue Back 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

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Social Behavior: Heterixalus madagascarensis 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. 

 

Breeding: Reed frogs are very, very easy to breed - just house a male and a female together! When housed in a proper environment, Blue Back 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 madagascarensis 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 utmost importance.

 

History in the Hobby: Blue Back 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 madagascarensis in the United States today.

 

Links of Interest:

Wikipedia - article on the current habitat of Blue Back Reed Frogs in Madagascar

IUCN Redlist - information on the current status of Heterixalus madagascarensis in the wild

Breeding Blue Back Reed Frogs by Devin Edmonds in Reptiles Magazine

AmphibiaWeb article on Blue Back Reed Frogs

Still not sure if Blue Back 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 Blue Back 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 12:00 pm to most locations, Tuesday through Friday. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependant on your availability and weather.


 


Please respond to our Frog Shipping Email, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive. We'll email back to confirm after checking 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 91F 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 90F at the guarantee 'delivered by' time (typically 12pm), 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 at our facility for any length of time necessary to ensure that the frogs you order are received in the best of health. This policy is designed with the best interests and health of our animals at heart!


 


To find your nearest appropriate FedEx location, click here and follow the instructions below:



  • Enter your zip code in the top search box.

  • Click the Filter button.

  • Check Staffed Location.

  • Expand Additional services, and check the Hold package at location for pickup box.

  • Close the filter box and search for locations.


 


FedEx's website will display the nearest locations where you may pick up your frogs. We'll look up the locations for you when you call to schedule frog shipping. You do not need to check your temperature before ordering frogs - Josh's Frogs will take care of this when contacted about scheduling shipment. Frog orders require contact from our customer prior to being 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.

Read What Others Are Saying:

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Everything you ever wanted in a tree frog Review by Gerry Chylack
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These are quite a prize to keep. Like to think of them as tree frogs for people who like dart frogs but want something easier to keep.. They arrive fast in the mail and very healthy. One went after crickets right after I released it into the terrarium.. (Posted on 11/28/2018)
Smallest frog Review by Dean
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The little guy showed up and i was a little shocked how small he was but he has since grown some and cant wait to see his coloring change. He showed up safe and secure. Overall great experience! (Posted on 10/21/2018)
Little Opals Review by Victoria
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Beautiful little frogs who change color from sleepy opals to hunter’s brown. Very active from the beginning, and healthy and well-packaged at arrival. Very happy with these little guys, and am excited to watch them grow and change. (Posted on 11/12/2017)
Fantastic job Review by Joseph
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Just received my frogs today, am very pleased with the time from order to receipt, the way everything was packaged and the customer service responsiveness. Keep up the great job! (Posted on 10/17/2017)
Reed frogs Review by DD
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I got the blue black reed frogs in Feb. 2017 , and they have breed twice now and let me tell you when the frogs become adults their colors are just AMAZING ! They look just like the pictures true to color, but then again never got a second rate frog from Josh yet and I've gotten lots of frogs and everyone turns out just as wonderful as the pictures, Thank you, well done, to all of Josh's employee's !!! (Posted on 9/19/2017)
awesome! Review by Bert
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Love my Blue back reed frogs. They are colorful and lively and are doing very well. The shipment arrived right on time and they were very healthy upon arrival and packaged very well. (Posted on 10/16/2015)

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