Giant Pixie Frog - Pyxicephalus adspersus (Captive Bred CBP)-


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Defining Characteristics:

  • Intermediate to keep
  • One of the largest Frog species
  • Aggressive
  • Low rumbling call
  • Very Large
  • Solitary
  • Very Challenging to Breed
Name: The scientific name of the Giant Pixy frog is Pyxicephalus adspersus. Pyxicephalus roughly translates into "small head" which is an apt description for this genus of frogs. Common names include Pixy Frog and the Giant African Bullfrog. 

Certified Breeder Program: These pac man frogs were procured via our Certified Breeder Program. This certification process will allow us to bring a wider variety of healthy, captive bred animals to you, our customers. We stand behind these animals just like any animals bred at our facility. Besides the fact we’ll be offering more animals, what do you need to know about Josh’s Frogs Certified Breeder Partnership? You need to know these animals are from people with the same approach to animal keeping and breeding that we do, are disease free, and most importantly captive bred! To learn more, please read our blog on the Josh's Frogs Certified Breeder Program.


Recommended Enclosure Size: Desptite the large size of the Pixie Frog they are pretty cessile as a species, preferring to sit and wait for food ro wander past. Because of this we recommned at least a 20 gallon long for adults but even better would be a 30 breeder or a 24x18x18 exo terra. Coco fiber is a great substrate for these frogs. A large water bowl is definitely required for this species and we have found that the Zoo Med Repti Rock Corner Bowl (Large) works really well to accomodate these frogs as adults. Large hides or cork flats tend to work really well for shelter as plants will just get trampled on.
Temperature: Pixie frogs can take much higher temperatures than other frogs but are most comfortable in the mid to high 70s. If it gets too hot they will attempt to enter dormancy and bury themselves and stop eating.
Humidity: Much like temperature Pixie Frogs can take some pretty low humidity levels but prefer to stay in 50-60% range. Low humidity levels paired with warmer than normal temperatures can also trigger dormancy which isn't necessary unless breeding is being attempted.
Size: Pixie frogs will be at least 1" long at time of sale but may be larger as they grow rapidly. Adults have one of the most extreme cases of sexual dimorphisms among frogs where the males can reach a whopping 10" and females just 5.5." Males use their impressive size in combat with each other during the mating season.
Age: Pixie Frogs have ben known to live for up to 15 years but may live longer with ideal care. Frogs sold from Josh's Frogs are about 2-3 months out of the water.
Feeding: Because of their size adult pixie frogs have an expansive list of feeders to choose from. This list includes: Crickets, Roaches, Nightcrawlers, Hornworms, Frozen/Thawed Mice, Black Soldier Fly Larvae, butterworms, and Superworms. As a rule of thumb frogs should not be fed anything that is larger than the space between the eyes.
Sexing: Sexing Pixie frogs as adults is very easy as there is very little size overlap with the males and females. Females will be very rotund and seem to have no neck where males will be more elongated and have orange patches in the armpits. Young frogs have a darker green coloration with some
Color/Pattern: Pixie frogs as adults are a dark olive green and white/cream on the ventral side. Males have a band of yellow or orange separating these colors. Young frogs have lighter green interspersed between the olive coloration, this goes away over time. 
Social Behavior: Pixie frogs are very food aggressive and can do significant damage to each other it is for this reason we recommend housing them separately.
Breeding: Breeding Pixie frogs in captivity is very difficult and hit or miss most of the time. A dry hot period is required for a set period of time that can vary from 4-10 months in the wild. During this time the frogs will create a skin coccoon around themselves to retain moisture. They shed this coccoon during heavy rains and make their way to pools of water where the males will throw each other around to win over the females nearby. Females can lay up to 4,000 eggs at a time. 
Natural Range: This species occurs widely in South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, extending north to southern Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Kenya. It distribution needs re-examination in light of recent separation of Pyxicephalus edulus from P. adspersus. Many specimens have not been clearly assigned between these two species. It is presumed to occur in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, but there have not been any confirmed records from this country. (IUCN Red List)
History in the Hobby: This frog species has long been desired for its impressive size and voracious appetite. Captive bred individuals are usually available but in the past the majority of frogs were wild caught adults.
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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!


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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.

< p>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.

< p>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, or at (800) 691-8178. Picture(s) of the animal(s) must be sent by 4pm EST day of arrival to Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

< p>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 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.

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Pixie frog Review by Gary
The baby giant pixie frog that I received was perfect in ever way,he is a beautiful frog.He arrived healthy and alert,eating crickets as soon as I put him in his cageReal happy with purchase. Thank you guys at joshfrogs for doing a great job (Posted on 3/15/2019)

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