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Default color of vivarium influencing color of frogs?

I know with fish that the color of substrate can turn their colors darker and more bold. Has anyone noticed this with frogs? And i dont mean do the frogs colors stand out more on leaflitter but is there an actual fuller darker color to them when kept in a darker color viv as opposed to a viv with bright green moss everywhere?
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not really with a background or surroundings, but it does happen with the temp of the vivarium, they will get lighter in coloration if the temp is warm and darker with cooler temps. not sure about PDFs but i have noticed it in many other frogs.
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PDFs generally don't vary their colorations much, there are only a few of them that change their color (turquoise auratus can be more blue or more green at times), but putting them on the dark leaf litter will make their colors pop more and I believe many of the terrestrial frogs are more comfortable on leaf litter than moss if given the choice, which is why some of the frogs seem to be shier in the tanks with "green lawns" (not to mention all the bright green just makes them seem more bland). I believe frogs like green and black auratus tend to be like this, and it may likely be to the fact that their aposematic coloration (the green) sticks out like a sore thumb on leaf litter, but when on moss they don't, and that probably messes with their instincts a bit.
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Old 01-17-2008, 10:33 AM
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Lighting also effects the color of the frogs, different lights throw off different spectrums of color.
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I got a male azureus at IAD one year who was almost black. He was from the same line my females came from, and my females were normal blue. After a some months he got lighter and more blue. Now he is only slightly darker than the other 2 but it is barely noticeable.
I never did figure out what caused him to be darker (or to lighten up)
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