today I wanted to share a story of an "unknown" frog that was given to me on februari 16 2019. Again, I will try to write this in my best English.
Here we go :
Februari the 16'th I got a message from a friend's father that said a friend of his ( who is a florist) found a frog in one of his flowers he just bought at a wholesale for his store. He send me these pictures :
He asked me if I was able to take care of this frog, cause he knew I have been keeping PDF's for almost 10 years now. So he brought over the frog and now I got a unknow frog in my collection. What species was this frog? Where did it come from? Is it healthy? ....? All these and more questions came to mind.
The first thing I did, was placing the frog in a plastic container with some wet paper towels and a small plantcutting with big leaves and some small sized cricets. I made a well educated guess this frog was either a tree- or reed frog... I guess you (the reader) also figured this out.
I also imedialty posted a topic on the dutch a belgian frog fora with the pictures I got and the question if someone knew what frog thos was and if annyone knew of a similar story or has experienced or read about this before.
First I got allot of guessing, most of us guessed it was a Dendropsophus sp.
Later Remco Stuster came up with the name Afrixalus. He knew there was a difference between the eyes of Afrixalus sp. and Dendrosophus sp. and this would be the best indication of what species the frog would be.
Afrixalus sp. :
Dendrosophus sp. :
Conclusion : Afrixalus!
I imedialty begin to search on google. Not allot of time passed and I came across these websites :
Similar stories and same flower everytime!
After some more research I found this french website :
EnquÍte - "Une grenouille chez mon fleuriste¬*?!" - Nature Midi-Pyrťnťes
As you can see on this website, finding these frogs in these flowers have been a real common thing in France back in 2007-2011! And also problematic for this country due the possible invasion of an african reedfrog species! Allot of risk for diseases and even a possible outbreak chytridiomycose.
As far as I can understand this, the frog were collected by a group of researchers and these surveis were handed out :
So we can now say for sure we have a Afrixalus Dorsalis in our collection and both the country of France and the African flowerdestributor have a big problem.
But we still have the questions : Does it cary a disease? Is the frog healty after his long travel. You have to understand this frog has travel in a cooled container to keep the flowers in best shape.
Fortunatly a friend of mine who also keeps frogs (Johan D.G.) , is working as a bioligist and was able to do a healthcheck on the animal. Conclusion : nothing found, except for a few worms, but nothing abnormal.
The frog was now a few months in my collection and doing fine, and my friend Johan was realy interested in the frog so I suggested he would take the frog of my hands.
I did not have the room or time to keep the frog and I knew he would take very good care of this beautifull animal. He imediatly said yes.
In the meanwhile Johan also contacted the wholeseller of the flower, but we did not get a good response at all and they kinda shut us down. I guess they did not wanted to get in problems of some sort... Also the flower trail ends here and I did not wanted to dig further to find the scource of the "frog problem". I think it is best to leave it to the frech research group and not get in trouble ourselfs...
Btw the flowers are "Heliconia rostrata" for those who want to know...
We also found a random person on facebook who also found a frog in his flowers! We contacted him, but he did not wanted to part with the frog. Unfortunatly This guy does not respond to our messages annymore.
(now Johan's story continues)
So Johan started to build a tank suitable for this frog and took it of my hands. This was a picture of his tank in April and it was ready to house the frog :
And some pictures of the frog during the day (normaly sleeping) :
The frog at night, when they are active :
You would almost think it is a glassfrog at night.
I will continue the story in a next post, I'm running out of time now and need to go for diner now.
I hope you enjoy the story so far. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!
(pictures are taken by Tijl, Johan and Carl)