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Old 10-26-2005, 10:12 PM
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have 2 questions
i have a male and a female that have huging each other for the past 2 days? i know one is a male cause he was calling while the larger female was attached. at least im pretty sure its a female? is this normal?

Also with tads - is it better to leave the tads in tank or pull them out/
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If you want a real cool show, leave the tads in for the parents to raise (provided you have included a good deposition site). It really brings out interesting behavior, but then you don't get as many froglets, because they usually won't fertilize more eggs while they are raising tads.
The parent raised froglets usully morph out a little smaller than if you raise them in cups, but they are usually very healthy otherwize.
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neko- That behavior is indeed normal but. The other imitator "huging" your calling frog is not a female but another male. Dendrobates do not use amplexus (the male frog grasping the F around the wate) during mating. Also these two would be backwards for amplexus. Darts have there own breeding rituals that are even more interesting. The male will call and the female will approach him and stroke his back and hind leggs to let him know she is interested. The male will then jump forward a little and jiggle his but and stamp his feet. The Female will continue to follow the male around while he calls until he leads her to a spot she feels is suitable to lay. What you saw was to males fighting. Two females will also do this.
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its just funny that while the one frog is on the other it still calls. and i just thought it was a female cause it is so much larger then the other.
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It may be true. The females don't always respect their mates and may trample them down a bit when they are busy laying eggs. Young males seem to have a tendancy to being too anxious to fertilize and get in the way. (Somewhat like premature ejaculation and male anxiety.) If you do have a true pair, they will eventually sort it out. Just watch and enjoy the show.
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