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    My frogs are healthy so I'm not worried or looking for advice, but I'm curious as to whether other people's frogs change colours in the same way as I never see this mentioned anywhere. When my frogs are in a bare-bottom tank, they have spots all over their bellies and the colours on their backs go very dark. When they're on sand, most of the spots on their bellies fade away and their base colour between the patterns on their backs changes to roughly the same colour as the sand substrate that they're on. I've heard people say that certain substrates bring out their frogs' patterns better, but mine completely change colour to match the substrate. Is this common?

    Here are a couple of my frogs when they were in a bare-bottom tank:


    And here's one of the same frogs on sand substrate:


    This is one of my other pairs of frogs. The lighter frog had lived on the sand substrate for a while. I had just added the darker frog from a bare bottom tank:


    And this is the same pair of frogs once the darker frog had camouflaged herself against the sand:


    At first I thought that the reason that the frogs get spots on their bellies and become darker in bare-bottom tanks was because there was too much light reflecting off the bottom of the tank so they were trying to camouflage themselves. But I've found that they do this even if I never put the tank lights on and even if the tank is crammed full of things that they can hide under. I'd love to know what colour they go on black sand.

    Do anyone else's frogs do this?

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    Default Re: Strange chameleon ACFs

    Don't have ACF, just wanted to say your frogs are very nice and cute ! To me, prefer their bare bottom coloration.
    Remember to take care of the enclosure and it will take care of your frog !​

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    Default Re: Strange chameleon ACFs

    Yup, Xenopus can camouflage themselves to some extent, which is one of the many reasons they are such successful and adaptable animals in the wild.

    I've never seen it so well documented before however, so thank you for the pictures!

    Very interesting stuff.

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    Are these Xenopus laevis or borealis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by n321 View Post
    Are these Xenopus laevis or borealis?
    I was thinking borealis from the pics too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n321 View Post
    Are these Xenopus laevis or borealis?
    I don't know, to be honest, but I've wondered this myself. They're fully grown now and the females are only about 2.5 inches snout to vent and the male about 2 inches. Two of them have yellow legs like the frog in the first picture, and the other two are more grey underneath. I don't know much about borealis but I assumed that their belly spots would be dark all the time. Since laevis are more common in the pet trade and since the spots and colours on the undersides of my frogs fade I always thought they must be laevis.

    I should probably check what kind they are actually because I've been advertising their offspring as Xenopus laevis. Does anyone know how I could determine what kind they are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemma View Post
    I don't know, to be honest, but I've wondered this myself. They're fully grown now and the females are only about 2.5 inches snout to vent and the male about 2 inches. Two of them have yellow legs like the frog in the first picture, and the other two are more grey underneath. I don't know much about borealis but I assumed that their belly spots would be dark all the time. Since laevis are more common in the pet trade and since the spots and colours on the undersides of my frogs fade I always thought they must be laevis.

    I should probably check what kind they are actually because I've been advertising their offspring as Xenopus laevis. Does anyone know how I could determine what kind they are?
    Considering that female Xenopus Laevis easily reach 5" snout to vent and the coloration of these frogs' underbellies, I would have to go with Borealis.

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