Pied Warty Frog (Theloderma asperum)

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Pied Warty Frog
Theloderma asperum
Pied Warty Frog (Theloderma asperum)
Name Pied Warty Frog
Name Lat. Theloderma asperum
Family Old World Tree Frogs
Family lat. Rhacophoridae
Order Frogs & Toads
Order lat. Anura
Origin Southeast Asia
Habitat Rainforest
Diet Small live insects
Humidity 70-90 %
Behavior Peaceful, nocturnal
Keeping Individual, pair, group
Care Level Difficult
Breeding Moderately difficult
Housing Aquaterrarium
Life Span 4 years
Protection No
Metric Units
Size 3-4 cm
Temperature 22-26 °C
Housing Size 50 x 30 x 50 cm
US Units
Size 1.2"-1.6"
Temperature 72-79 °F
Housing Size 20" x 10" x 20"

Distribution and habitat

The wide distribution range of the nocturnal rough lichen frogs extends from northern India, Myanmar and Thailand through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam to southern China. There they inhabit water-filled tree hollows and rock crevices.


For 1-3 animals, the minimum area of the terrarium is 1,500 cm², 2/3 of which is the water part, with a minimum effective height (measured without substrate) of 4-15 cm. This corresponds to a base area of e.g. 50 x 30 cm. For each additional animal, an additional 300 cm² of space should be provided. The terrarium should be placed in a quiet place without sunlight.

The semi-aquatic animals need a terrarium with climbing branches, rock crevices, structured back and side walls (hiding places) as well as shade giving plants (Tradescantia, Ficus, Bromeliads). Potted plants that can be easily removed for cleaning are advantageous. The substrate must be loose, absorbent, non-rotting substrate such as a sand-peat-clean soil mixture or coconut fiber, and drainage to prevent siltation. They also need a planted water basin at least 10 cm deep with an air vent. The water quality must be that required for the average keeping of freshwater fish. At least twice a day, the inside of the terrarium must be finely sprayed with water (humidity), but a rain or mist system is better

Temp. day: 22-26 °C Temp. night: min. 21 °C Humidity: 70-90 %

The lighting duration must be 10-14 hours depending on the season. Very suitable are daylight fluorescent tubes with low UV content, supplemented with spotlights.


The food supply consists of live insects such as flies, wax moths, house crickets, small grasshoppers and crickets as well as mealybug larvae and cockroaches, alternatively commercial ready-made food for insectivorous amphibians. Food should be offered to adult animals 2-3 times a week, young animals must be fed daily. It is important to add minerals and vitamins regularly (e.g. by dusting the food animals).

A regular and varied diet promotes health and prevents deficiency symptoms.

Reproduction and breeding

Partners are found via alternating calls. The slightly larger female sticks up to 12 eggs individually above a water surface on stones, leaves or branches. After 8-10 days the developed larvae (tadpoles) drop into the water and eat animal food

After about 2 months the transformation (metamorphosis) is completed and the frog leaves the water.


Theloderma asperum belong to the smallest moss frogs. During the day, the animals usually rest in the planted water basin. They have widened adhesive discs on the ends of their fingers and toes, which serve as climbing aids.

A resting period of approx. 2 months at a temperature of 13-18 °C is recommended.

Before purchase, a terrarium should be prepared that meets the species specific needs. Necessary are good ventilation without drafts and devices 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.

Further literature can be found in your pet store


Text: petdata; Image: Franz Lowak 

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

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