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Checkin' the Viv at night
#1
One of the things I like to occasionally do, is to put on the ole' headlamp and journey downstairs to peep the frog room late at night, when things are dark and everybody's sleepin' .

With a bright light and a dark background (no other lights), you will be amazed at all the stuff you see:

1. All the fav sleeping spots of the frogs.

2. Plant eating - snails and slugs. Now you 'll know who is to blame for that chewed up selagenela !

3. EGGS. This is a big one, folks, I see so much more egg and egg laying evidence at night. The eggs are so shiny, that they stick out like a neon sign at night, under bright concentrated lamp light.

4. Tads in broms. This one is a little harder. Tads are pretty skittish and dive quickly when woken up, but it is possible.

oh...and I lied in the first sentence above. I don't check the frog room at night occasionally. I do it much more often than occasionally. Heh
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#2
Its pretty cool how each one "claims" their own sleeping spot. I check em out too frequently before bed.
Derek
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#3
what time do you define as "night"? my leuc usually starts to climb his tree 2 hours before sunset. when he actually goes to sleep is beyond me though. i assume he's asleep once hes on the leaves so i stop disturbing him then
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#4
Dart Frog sleeping habits are a tough one...for different species,ages ect. When they climb like that in the evening, you can probably bet they are bedding down.

I just wanted to share my experience with using a light to look around the vivarium when it's really dark in the room and the only light is from your lamp...or as you guys say....torch.
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#5
LOL torch. i personally just turn on the light. mine sleeps in the back corner every single night. sometimes he climbs up and sleeps on the lid which is a pain in the morning trying to get him off.
sometimes there are odd pin head crickets running around on the bottom which i try to kill (i dont want them to grow in there). i leave FF though
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#6
Ha i used to do this,before we got frogs for the reasons of clobbering snails,assesing iso nubers in the tanks,but was concearned,about stressing the frogs,so stopped...looks like I'm gonna have to start lamping our vivs again...good post Phil
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#7
Hey Stu,

I wouldn't worry about stressing the frogs. PDF's sleep like rocks! I do all the egg pulling at night. I pulled some eggs once to show a newer frogger and the Alanis female jumped on my hand and stared me down. I haven't done it since. haha
Glenn
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#8
I went to a small local "Ranario" or Frog Farm in Southeastern C.R and one of the guides / caretakers told me not to use my flash to photograph the frogs as it will make their eyes "crazy" and kill them. Too funny.

10 mins later a 4.7 quake hit and shook the place so hard that the tadpole exhibit water almost sloshed over the edge of the aquarium. Loved it.
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frogfreak Wrote:Hey Stu,

I wouldn't worry about stressing the frogs. PDF's sleep like rocks! I do all the egg pulling at night. I pulled some eggs once to show a newer frogger and the Alanis female jumped on my hand and stared me down. I haven't done it since. haha
Ahh i like that Glen but i i think Phil with his crazy eyes...instant death...and then a quake,is gonna be hard to beat :lol: very cool guys,
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