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Default How to Color Up Starry Night Reed Frogs

Hello,
Wondering if anyone knows the secret to getting starry night reed frogs to color up. Mine are ~9m ootw and have already bred. But they have stayed tan to med brown with dark specks. I keep them in a typical PDF setup but with ~20% screen top - so less humid than my PDFs but with running water and moist substrate. Standard fluorescent lighting. Mid 70s. Great happy frogs - just not displaying their name sake for some reason.
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You could try keeping them a bit warmer or having a basking spot that is 80F+. My reeds don't have very good color below 75. They can get pretty hot and do really well, just make sure it's ventilated so they're not baking.
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You could try keeping them a bit warmer or having a basking spot that is 80F+. My reeds don't have very good color below 75. They can get pretty hot and do really well, just make sure it's ventilated so they're not baking.
Very helpful advice. Thanks so much. I'll give that a try!
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R. Varadero
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E. Anthonyi - Santa Isabel, Rio Saladillo
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Basking spots with low wattage spot light ( halogen). To boost the temps around 84 in some spots of the cage during the day.
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don't want to hijack the thread, but how hot is too hot for starry night reed frogs? I have some as well, but they're probably too young to breed yet so I'm not overly concerned about them not coloring up yet.
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I'm not sure what they can go up to, mine have a basking spot of about 83F, but the bottom of their tank is water and quite a bit cooler. The ambient air temp is about ten degrees less. As long as they can get cooled off and the tank is well ventilated you should be fine low-mid 80's. I have not tried them a lot warmer than this so can't say how they'd do.
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I ve had mine as high as 86 and it dodnt seem to hurt them. Probably not a god idea to keep them that high. 84 max is ok.
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Glad I asked before I set it up! For some reason I was thinking 90 was ok.
I have about 4-5" of water underneath these guys, and the current temp is 72, which is why I think I need a basking spot. But I also realized that I don't have my screen top covered at all. Would it be better for them if I just covered part of the top to keep some heat in? The water has a heater.
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As long as you can give them a day time high of 78-80 & a night time drop down to 72-74.
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Worked like a charm! I simply put a standard 20in fluorescent strip and laid it right on the screened area. Temps reach 84F. With ambient temps in mid 70s. They started coloring up in just a day or two and now are gorgeous. They don't have the starry night pattern though. They are inverted - white with black specs, or black striations. Is this frog to frog variation or also a different color phase of the same frog? That is, will the same frog switch to black w white spots?
Thanks very much for the advice!
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Reed frogs can be very variable. I dont know too much about this species, do you have a photo?
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Here are two.


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R. Varadero
R. Ventrimaculatus
E. Anthonyi - Santa Isabel, Rio Saladillo
P. Vittatus
P. Terribilis - Yellow
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Are both images your frogs?

In book 'Treefrogs of Africa' all the Heterixalus species are excluded unfortunately. The amphibiaweb profile for these guys isn't too helpful although it does look like they can be somewhat varied in the amount of spotting. There is a call recording though, so you might check that out. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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Thanks! Yes these are both my frogs.


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