Leaf-folding Frog (Afrixalus fornasini)

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Leaf-folding Frog
Afrixalus fornasini
Leaf-folding Frog (Afrixalus fornasini)
Name Leaf-folding Frog
Name Lat. Afrixalus fornasini
Family African Reed Frogs
Family lat. Hyperoliidae
Order Frogs & Toads
Order lat. Anura
Origin Africa
Habitat Humid savanna
Diet Small live insects
Humidity 60-90 %
Behavior Peaceful
Keeping Pair, group
Care Level Easy
Breeding Moderately difficult
Housing Semi-humid terrarium
Life Span 5 years
Protection No
Metric Units
Size 3-4 cm
Temperature 22-28 °C
Housing Size 40 x 30 x 45 cm
US Units
Size 1.2"-1.6"
Temperature 72-82 °F
Housing Size 15" x 10" x 20"

Distribution and habitat

The crepuscular to nocturnal East African Banana Frogs occur in East Africa from southern Kenya to the southern tip of South Africa. They inhabit moist savannahs, gallery forests, shrub steppes, forest edges, but also cultivated land, where they always stay near temporary or perennial pools.


For 1-2 animals the terrarium size should be at least L 40 x W 30 x H 45 cm, for a group at least L 60 x W 40 x H 60 cm. The terrarium should be placed in a quiet, vibration-free place without sunlight.

You need a terrarium with a substrate of loose, absorbent, non-rotting substrate such as sand-peat mixture, coconut fibers or sphagnum moss with a drainage, plus pieces of bark, flat stones, structured back and side walls, strongly branched climbing branches, preferably entwined with climbing plants, a dense planting (e.g. Tradescantia, Ficus, Hoya, Bromeliads) and a large, shallow water basin. Potted plants that can be easily removed for cleaning are advantageous. Daily, the inside of the terrarium should be finely sprayed with water (humidity), but a rain or mist system is better.

Temp. day: 22-28 °C Temp. night: 18-22 °C Humidity: 60-90 %

Thermostatically controlled floor heating (heating mats) is recommended. The lighting duration must be 10-14 hours depending on the season. Daylight fluorescent tubes with low UV content are very suitable.


The food supply consists of live insects such as Drosophila, flies, ants, spiders, micro crickets, cockroaches, tiny grasshoppers and crickets as well as meadow insects (meadow plankton). After a period of habituation (feeding with tweezers), special ready-made food for insectivores is often accepted. Food should be offered to adult animals 2-3 times a week, young animals must be fed daily. Feeding should be done in the evening hours. It is important to add minerals and vitamins regularly (e.g. by dusting the feeders). The quality of the feeders can be enhanced by feeding overripe fruit and honey water. A varied diet promotes health and prevents deficiency symptoms.

Reproduction and breeding

Males and females are difficult to distinguish externally. The throat of the slightly smaller males is colored yellowish and only they make sounds ("call").

At the beginning of the rainy season, after a short cool resting period, the female, ready to spawn, is taken in the mating grip (amplexus) by the male and lays several clumps of eggs (20-30 eggs) on leaves above a water surface. The leaves are folded and glued together to form a kind of funnel. Depending on the temperature, the larvae (tadpoles) hatch after about 6 days and drop into the water below or are washed off. They initially filter microorganisms from the water and later eat animal and plant food. After about 2 months, the transformation (metamorphosis) is complete and the frog leaves the water.

Life expectancy can be over 5 years.


The fingers and toes of these tree dwellers have adhesive discs. To observe the nocturnal animals is recommended to install a special night or moonlight

Before buying should be prepared terrarium that meets the specific needs of the species. Good ventilation without drafts is necessary, as well as equipment for measuring temperature and humidity. The lighting has to correspond to the species-specific day-night rhythm and should be placed in such a way that the animals cannot injure themselves. The terrarium should be locked in such a way that neither unauthorized persons can open it nor the animals can escape. Special attention must be paid to thorough hygiene and impurities must be removed regularly

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Source: VDA & DGHT (2006): Haltungsrichtlinien für die Haltung von Anuren; ENGELMANN (2006): Zootierhaltung - Tiere in menschlicher Obhut: Reptilien und Amphibien, Harri Deutsch Verlag

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