Spotted Reed Frog (Hyperolius puncticulatus)

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Spotted Reed Frog
Hyperolius puncticulatus
Spotted Reed Frog (Hyperolius puncticulatus)
Name Spotted Reed Frog
Name Lat. Hyperolius puncticulatus
Family African Reed Frogs
Family lat. Hyperoliidae
Order Frogs & Toads
Order lat. Anura
Origin Africa
Habitat Rainforest
Diet Small live insects
Humidity 70-95 %
Behavior Peaceful, nocturnal
Keeping Pair, group
Care Level Easy
Breeding Moderately difficult
Housing Humid terrarium
Life Span 4 years
Protection No
Metric Units
Size 3-4 cm
Temperature 22-28 °C
Housing Size 30 x 25 x 50 cm
US Units
Size 1.2"-1.6"
Temperature 72-82 °F
Housing Size 10" x 10" x 20"

Distribution and habitat

The range of the predominantly nocturnal Spotted Reed Frogs is in eastern Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique, where they live in tropical rainforests near perennial and temporary water bodies. They are very variable in their coloration and markings.


For 1-3 animals, the minimum terrarium area is 750 cm², with a minimum effective height (measured without substrate) of 40 cm. This corresponds to a base area of e.g. 30 x 25 cm. For each additional animal, provide an additional 200 cm² of surface area and 2 cm of height. 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.E.g. Tradescantia, Ficus, Hoya, Bromeliads) and a large, 5-8 cm deep planted water basin with an aerator. 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: 70-95

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. Females grow slightly larger, males can be recognized by their loud call.

Mating takes place in the water. The female, ready to spawn, is taken in the mating grip (amplexus) by the male and lays 100-200 eggs in groups on underwater plants. After about 12 days, the tadpoles hatch, feeding initially on microorganisms from the water and later on plant food. After about 3 months the transformation (metamorphosis) is completed and the young frogs leave the water

The life expectancy can be 4 years.


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

Prior to purchase, a terrarium should be prepared that meets the species specific needs. 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

Further literature can be found in your pet store.


Text: petdata; Image: petdata

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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