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Christmas Toads
(Bufo Varigatus)
 
Tank Size-  I think a rule of 5 gallons per toad would be good. So 1 in a 5 gallon, 2 in a 10 gallon, 3 in a 15 gallon, etc. I would not excede 10 toads in any sized tank, for feeding purposes. These are small toads, but can't be kept in a very small tank. They are very active at day and hop around the cage in search of food.
 
Food- These toads are very small and can consume a variety of smaller food items. Pinhead crickets, fruit flies, red flour beetles, spring tails, lesser wax worms, etc. are good food items for them. They are tiny bufos, but can still consume large amounts of food. I dust crickets of my frogs about once a week to make sure they get plenty of calcium.
 
Temperature and Lighting- Temperature is rather cool. In the wild the temperature is around 41-53*F, but in captivity, in the low 60s is fine. A regular fluorescent light will do fine, since they emit very little heat.
 
Humidity- In the wild it is humid in the high elevations of the Andes and therefore should have a humidity of around 75-80%. You should mist their inclosure about 1-2 times per day.
 
Tank Decor- These frogs are quite active and should have a hilly set up. Bed-a-beast is a good substrate, and they would also like moss in the terrarium to stimulate the moss found in natural habitats. Hiding spots are very important. Cork curls from http://www.blackjungle.com are a very good source for hiding, also rock piles, etc. Background on 3 sides of the tank is important, so the animals feel secure. Cork bark, co-co panels, aquarium background, etc. are all good. A water source that isn't too deep is good, so they can rehydrate.
 
Breeding-I have not heard of anyone breeding this species as of yet, but with more imports coming, I'm sure it will happen sooner or later.
 
Tadpoles- No breeding info yet.

Skill Level: Beginner

These toads are from higher altitudes than other species.

Any questions, just e-mail me at: shaqfrog@hotmail.com
 

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