Origin: Wide distribution
in South America (Gran Chaco) from southeast Bolivia, northwest Argentina
Size: Females grow larger
- 3.24 in. (8.2 cm); Males - 2.8 in. (7.1 cm)
During breeding males have dark nuptial pads on outer surface of thumbs
Captive Care: 20 gal.
vivarium with screen top; newsprint/paper towel substrate.
Branches and cork bark for perching; shallow H2O dish, clean aged H2O
(or reverse osmosis water)
(32-35C) basking site
Lighting: Full spectrum
for 4 hrs. each day
Plants: Snake plants,
Chinese evergreen, spineless bromeliads (Neoregelia) in pots (out of spotlight);
pea gravel or sandy soil substrate (14 hr. light summer; 10 hr. during
crickets (1 part calcium/2 parts vitamin mix) - 2-3x a week, 3-4 per frog.
- Rain chamber: 72" long x 42" wide x 72" high (183 cm
x 107 cm x 183 cm).
-H2O pumped up from plastic pool through PCV pipes drilled with holes;
6 p.m.-midnight sprinkler turned on daily for varying time lengths.
- Kept in chamber for 2 weeks.
- Amplexus occurs after one or more days of rain -- continuous for several
- Returned to vivarium and fed well for 3 or more weeks.
- Returned to rain chamber.
- Egg laying (at night) after one rain period. Try intermittent rain cycles
Repeating breeding pairs: 2-3 month 60-75F during summer and fall.
References: de Vosjoli, P. and Mailloux, R. (1998). The Husbandry of Chacoan
Monkey Frogs, Phyllomedusa sauvagii. Vivarium 10(1)44.
Compiled by Libby Smith