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Author Topic: scrappin' ADF's  (Read 2111 times)
nicci
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« on: April 14, 2008, 09:30:27 AM »

Is it normal for them to fight? Is this a mating thing? I caught 2 of the smaller frogs going at it yesterday. It was like a froggy episode of Jerry Springer right in my tank! They kept lunging at each other, then the arms would start flailing... I checked today and everyone is alive and I don't see any injuries. They were less than happy with me because I had to pick the cave up so I could do a proper head/flipper count and inspection. I caught pairs in mating behavior the other day... I'm not 100% sure that it was 2 males fighting. Some of my frogs are young, so it's hard to tell sometimes who's who.

I'm wondering if I need to add a second cave or more plants just in case it was a territorial issue. I have one good sized cave  that could comfortably fit all 7 frogs and one small pagoda that can comfortably fit 2-3 frogs. There are also a few fake plants that a few like to hide under. The only reason I haven't added a second cave or more plants is that it makes the daily count quite difficult.

One other piece of info that might be helpful... it was close to feeding time when it happened. I've been trying to feed them every other day because the water fouls up too quickly. I haven't gotten to this point yet because when it's time for chow, I get a bunch of little faces and flippers plastered up against the glass. I'm a complete sucker.
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2008, 01:16:26 PM »

I have never, ever known ADFs to be territorial.

I bet what you saw was one frog shedding its skin, and the other frog wanting to eat the skin. I have definitely seen two frogs both go for one's skin as it was coming off, and there was little frog arm flailing and what looked like head biting. The skin is fairly transparent, so you may not have seen it.

Your description of begging ADFs makes me miss mine so much!
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2008, 02:53:56 PM »

Even if they fight they can't actually hurt each other. They don't have any teeth and their claws are really tiny.

When "anything" moves in front of them they lunge and snap at it thinking it's food. It kind of sounds as if they was trying to eat each other. Which of course they can't eat other but I have seen them try. Wink

I know that sounds funny, but that's probably what they was doing. Perhaps you should feed them a little more or given more time they will adjust to only being fed every other day.

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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008, 04:29:38 PM »

THANK GOODNESS!
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