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I have 2 adult male tinc robertus and have never had an issue with aggression, but one of the frogs is smaller and shier than the other. Today I saw the smaller frog calling for the first time (the larger one calls regularly) and the other frog seemed to get very angry at this, and jumped on top of the smaller frog and starting "slapping" him with one leg. I immediately pulled the larger one out and he's in a small plastic tub with sphag moss/leaf litter and a paper bowl to hide in, but he's trying hard to escape and is very stressed. I was wondering what I should do now- is it sustainable to move the larger frog into a bigger tub and keep him there until I can find a new home for one of the frogs? I don't have another viv or space for one in my apartment unfortunately. Also, I don't want to keep one of them alone, so would it work to find a local female robertus to pair up with him? The smaller frog immediately seems very happy that the other one is gone...

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They do fine alone they're not group frogs. I'd keep the most colorful male & sell the other. Good luck finding a grown female though. You might have to grow one out. Robertus are one of my favorites
 

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Thanks for the advice! A followup question: I've moved the bigger frog into a large tub but he still seems very stressed out (I guess to be expected). He is continuously jumping into the sides of the tub and trying to climb it, and often is bumping his head and eyes into the sides. I've seen him climb a lot before but never seen him jumping into the walls. I'm worried he's going to get injured or blinded. Is this normal behavior when frogs are placed in plastic containers? The tub is about the size of a 18x18x18 exo so it's not small, and the walls are transparent but cloudy.
 

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I wonder if that is some continuation of the territorial aggression? Just guessing.

I'm not implying you haven't thought this through, but adding a female with the male you keep will complicate the situation in ways that can make more vivs necessary, unless you're prepared to cull eggs and tads from eggs you miss.
 

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It has been over a day now and the frog is still jumping into the walls continuously almost all day. He doesn't seem to be too stressed, as I think he ate the FFs I gave him, but I am getting worried for his safety. Is it possible for them to sustain injury due to their nose bumping into the plastic? I am particularly worried about his eyes, as he is frequently contacting them with the walls of the tub. Are their eyes reasonably robust? I know if I was rubbing my eyes against a piece of plastic all day they wouldn't be happy...

I'm not implying you haven't thought this through, but adding a female with the male you keep will complicate the situation in ways that can make more vivs necessary, unless you're prepared to cull eggs and tads from eggs you miss.
Thank you for the advice; I am considering my options for my current setup and will not add any extra frogs until I'm ready.
 

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More problems with this frog unfortunately... I covered up the sides of the tank that are facing interesting things like lights or plants and that seems to have mitigated him trying to get through the walls. However, he still seems quite stressed and definitely is not eating much, as most of the flies I give him remain uneaten and an amount he would normally finish in a day is staying around for a week. The uneaten flies then seem to just add to the stress. He is definitely getting pretty skinny. Is this stress most likely just coming from the new environment? He has lots of hiding spots in there that he's using often. Could it be due to the lack of light? Since the tub has a solid lid he's only getting the ambient room light from the window.
 
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