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Blue Back Reed Frog - Heterixalus madagascariensis (Captive Bred)

Posted By: Josh's Frogs  on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:19

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Blue Back Reed Frog - Heterixalus madagascariensis (Captive Bred)


Defining Characteristics:



  • Great Beginner Frog

  • Bright Yellow Coloration

  • Bold

  • Easy to Breed

  • Moderately Loud Call

  • Great in Groups

  • Nocturnal


Name: Belonging to the family Hyperoliidae, the Blue Back Reed Frog is scientifically known as Heterixalus madagascarensisSometimes referred to Spotted Reed Frogs or simply 'Blue Backs'.


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Additional Info and Care


Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for 4-6 Blue Back Reed Frogs, but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 Exo Terra Glass Terrarium, as it will allow for easier cleaning. 


Temperature: They can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 85 F, but prefer temperatures in the mid 70s. Temperatures over 90F are dangerous. A low wattage basking spot, with a temperature of 85-90F, will be utilized but is not absolutely needed.


Humidity: Like most frogs, reed frogs prefer a humidity range of 70 – 100%, but can tolerate humidity down to 50% for short periods of time if the frogs have access to water. Low humidity levels, especially without access to water, can quickly be fatal. Blue Back Reed Frogs occur in the marginal areas between water and land, referred to as the riparian zone. As such, they require high humidity paired with substantial ventilation. 


Size: Adult female reed frogs are larger, measuring in at approximately 1.5 inches. Male Heterixalus madagascarensis are a bit smaller, averaging about 1 inch at maturity. All of the Blue Back Reed Frog froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 3/4” long.


Age: Heterixalus madagascarensis is capable of living over 5 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 2-3 years is more common. Active breeding shortens expected lifespan down to 1-2 years. All reed frogs for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.


Feeding:  At Josh's Frogs, we feed our reed frogs dusted crickets. At 3/4", juvenile reed frogs can easily take 1/8" crickets, and 1/4" crickets as adults. 


Color/Pattern: A very variable reed frog, all Blue Back Reed Frogs are primarily a light blue coloration. The amount of black, white, and yellow spots can vary widely among individuals. Spots can be large in some individual reed frogs, leading to an almost netted appearance, while many adults lack spots completely. Adult Blue Back Reed Frogs tend to have orange feet.


Social Behavior: These frogs do well housed in groups their entire life, as long as enough space is provided. Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair. Please refer to the chart below to see your chances of getting at least one male and one female out of a group. We recommend purchasing at least 4-5 reed frogs at a time. 


JoshsFrogs.com Shipping Policy


Shipping for any number of frogs is a flat rate $39.99. This includes postage, a box with 1" styrofoam insulation, gel packs, heat/ice packs and/or phase 22 panels if necessary. Josh's Frogs has been shipping frogs since 2004 and has shipped thousands of animals safely. Frogs are shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight and are delivered by 12:00 pm to most locations, Tuesday through Friday. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependent on your availability and weather. Please view the Shipping tab on the website for detailed instructions.


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