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Do you mean the the larger female would be on top, rather than the bottom? Because you say 'larger females are typically the dominant ones.' Just got confused.I'm no expert but I'm fairly certain thats female-female aggression, especially if the larger one was gripping onto the smaller. larger females are typically the dominant ones, and females are larger than males so if tincs did amplexus, the larger (female) would be on the bottom
Hi Mike!The behavior you are thinking of is called amplexus, (doubt I spelled it correctly). You see common toads and bull frogs do this while mating. The male (usually smaller) clings to the back of the female during mating. Looks like a bear hug. Tincs don't exibit this behavior during mating, usually same sex agression. I have also witnessed my female doing this to the male (bicolor), so not guarenting (also spelled wrong) the sexes of the frogs.
Dart frogs do not bite or nip one another, so that's not aggression. If you see the frog stroking the other one's back legs, that is probably courtship. If one actually latches on and stays on, it's usually aggression.No, I'm not positive I have a pair. The behavior I just viewed 20 minutes ago appeared (to me) mating. However, I have never witnessed aggression or know what to look for.
I remember with some animals the male can be quite dominant in his attempt to breed so that is what I thought I saw.
The slightly larger of the two had its arms around the sides and the other underneath walked a few steps with the other on. I went downstairs to report what I saw. In about 8 minutes or so, the larger frog had released the other.
When I think of aggression, I think of biting or nipping... So what I saw wasn't the tincs mating?
Kristi, I will do exactly what you suggested. I wouln't want one of them dieing due to so much stress. : (It sounds like it. IMO, I'd keep an eye on 'em. I've seen the more dominant female stress the lesser one to death. If you notice the smaller female in a submissive position or trying to hide, then it's time to move her to her own tank or trade her for a male.
Either way separate them so they regain weight. If you heard the buzzing you may have a male in the mix, as I said females will lash out at males occasionally( I don't know if my first post on your thread was invisable), just briing the two smaller ones back to optimum condition and send a few more pics. BillI feel distressed right now. I've already have had to seperate one from the three due to it losing weight.
What would be best at this point? Put the larger of the three tincs in the QT and the other two kept in their viv or the two probable submissives in the QT to fatten up and leave the larger in the viv?
I accidentally read right over the part where he mentioned a buzzing sound, which is why I assumed they were probably both females.I wouldn't count out males so fast from displaying aggression. I've seen it before myself. They can wrestle just as well as the females to display dominance. It might not happen as often, but it does happen. And Bill is right...if you heard a low buzzing, that's indicative of a male.