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Old 03-13-2013, 11:21 PM
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To all interested in Boophis -
i currently keep B. pyrrhus and rappiodes in Europe. As it seems that these frogs are more regularly imported into the states, i wondered what the status quo is like - any breeding success in any species so far? Egg-laying, hatching, tadpole develolment? Experiences with longevity of wc specimens? Obviously, it seems that females are quite rare in imports, one problem which makes it difficult to try to establish them. However, last year i was working in a breeding project in Madagascar where also B. pyrrhus is being bred, and although experience is limited, it seems that this species is not so difficult to breed, at least not to be stimulated for egg-laying. Larvae eat a variety of food and are conspicuously coloured (see below). This is a positive sign and is surely repeatable outside of Madagascar - given that stable animals, males as well as females, are brought in.
I'd just like to hear from those who keep them about their experiences - i know there are some posts, but was interested in an update.
I also added some additional pictures from wild Boophis that i saw duirng the nights in nature.


Boophis pyrrhus female (captive)


B. pyrrhus tadpole


Boophis rappiodes male (captive)


Boophis viridis


Boophis roseipalmatus (similar to B. madagascariensis)


Boophis calcaratus - one of those species from the genus that breed in lentic water, like seasonal rain pools
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Hope some of the captive bred ones get imported into the US soon!
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the 1st and 4th pictures are beautiful! Really awesome species of frog and congrats!
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from my understanding the ones that got imported last year did not fair too well and most of them perished
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from my understanding the ones that got imported last year did not fair too well and most of them perished
well, i guess many people who buy them just have them for rather short periods.
They are collected during their breeding season like many malagasy herps, as they are more active then, i.e. effort to collect them is not too big. Furthermore, most of them are males (easy to follow when they call). But males during breeding season spend a lot of effort (=energy) into calling, and so they come into terraria rather exhausted and might die quickly. Interestingly, i have not noticed nose lesions in fresh wc so far, unlike other treefrogs (Theloderma, Rhacophorus), so in the beginning there are no massive health issues. Nothing is known about life history traits like longevity, but i guess they are not long-living frogs in nature. So imo the reason they perish after some time is due to their biology in general. But if well-acclimated animals are available in both sexes, breeding should be feasible.

juvenile tiny Boophis bottae


male B. luteus


male B. marojezensis - nice species, very variable, and small sized


Boophis septentrionalis couple. Small piece of jelly mass from egg-laying event on male's back
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Great pics keep them coming
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hi

I have a trio of boophis viridis and there some cool frogs. will get some pics up in next few days.

I have not had them long so cant really give a great insight at the mo
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Amazing coloration, i must have some of the B. Pyrrhus and the B. Rappiodes
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oooh beautiful!
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hi

I have a trio of boophis viridis and there some cool frogs. will get some pics up in next few days.

I have not had them long so cant really give a great insight at the mo
hi there
did you ever heard calling? Do you have both sexes? I can help you with sex id. You would have to send me ventral photos of all 3 (good quality photos).
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