Sabana Suriname Toad - Pipa parva (Captive Bred CBP)-

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Defining Characteristics:
  • Novice to intermediate to keep
  • Fully aquatic frog species
  • Bold
  • Moderate upkeep
  • Moderate Clicking Call
  • Small
  • Can be kept in groups
  • Moderate to breed
Name: Pipa parva also known as the Sabana Surinam Toad or the Dwarf Toad. Going forward to avoid confusion with the African Dwarf Frog, Sabana Surinam toad will be used or Pipa parva. Parva in latin means "small" which makes sense when you compare this species with others in the Pipa genus. Despite their common name indicating they are a toad they belong to the family Pipidae which defining characteristics are being tongueless, having completely webbed back feet, and having a flattened body.
Certified Breeder Program: These 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 Setup: Pipa parva can be housed in an enclosure as small as a 10 gallon aquarium with two to three individuals. In larger aquariums additional frogs can be added at the rate of 2 per 5 gallons. Water quality is very important for all aquatic animals so proper filtration is a must. This can be accomplished a number of ways: Spinge filters, frequent water changes, or filtration systems. Periodical water changes should still happen with when paired with other methods but they will be less frequent. Live aquatic plants such as java moss are great for these frogs. Substrate should not be something that these frogs can get stuck in the intestinal tract or mouths of this species so aquarium sand or larger pebbles as a substrate should be used and gravel should be avoided A bare bottom tank is also an option and can help with waste removal. Spider wood and decorative rocks can supply these frogs with appropriate hiding places to feel safe.
Temperature: Pipa parva like it pretty warm, typically in the mid 70s. These temperatures can be achieved with appropriately sized aquarium heater
Humidity: Because these frogs are fully aquatic ambient humidity is not applicable.
Size: Adult Pipa parva are sexually dimorphic so females tend to be a bit bigger than males but there is some overlap in the size range for each sex. Females can be between 1" and 13/4" and males are 1" to 11/2". Pipa parva when sold by Josh's Frogs will be at least 3/4" long.
Age: Pipa parva will be at least 2-3 months old at time of sale. Pipa parva can live for up to 7 years in captivity but may live longer with ideal care.
Feeding: The Sabana Surinam Toad is able to consume a variety of foods and unlike most other frogs are not limited to live foods. Bloodworms and frog and tadpole bites are definitely going to be staples for this species but these frogs can also consume red wigglers. 
Sexing: Female Pipa parva will be larger and more rotund especially when gravid with eggs. Males will amplex females around the waist and call with periodic clicking sounds during breeding season.
Color/Pattern: Pipa parva are fairly unassuming as far as frogs go. They are a light grey or brown color with some mottling on their backs. Their forelimbs are typically observed oustretched and poised to pull food into their mouths. They also have very small eyes that are sometimes very hard to see at first glance.
Social Behavior: Pipa parva males can be territorial and "fight" with each other, which consists of gently bumping into each other and occasional wrestling while making clicking/buzzing noises. This aggression will not prevent multiple frogs being housed together as long as enough space is provided.
Breeding: Pipa parva, once mature, will breed without much stimulation needed like other frogs. Males will amplex females around the waist when they are gravid with eggs. The frogs will perform a series of acrobatics which results in fertilized eggs being deposited in the epidermis of the female where she will carry the eggs until they hatch into tadpoles. The tadpoles in this species are free swimming and are filter feeders so the food will need to be in the water column for them to be able to eat. 
Natural Range: This species occurs mainly in northern Venezuela, centred on the Lake Maracaibo Basin. Its range includes a small part of northeastern Colombia. It has been introduced into the Lake Valencia Basin in northern Venezuela, posing concern about its possible expansion to the south into other river basins, such as the Orinoco. In Venezuela, its altitudinal range is from sea level up to 300m asl. (IUCN red list)
History in the Hobby: Typically this species is found in zoo settings but has occasionally made its way into private collections.
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Still not sure if Pipa parva from Josh's Frogs is the right pet for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!

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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Entertaining frogs Review by Jeff
Bought 3 of these through the Facebook auction. They are active, entertaining and unique frogs. Don’t mistake these for a type of African clawed frogs; these are much more entertaining and unusual looking frogs if you want something different. (Posted on 11/22/2018)

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