OK, I just went back and read this whole thread, and it reminded me of something odd that happened a month or two ago.
My Imitators reproduce nicely now, and I have a grow out tank for their babies. It's really a a misnomer, because several of the "babies" are now full grown. I learned quickly that if I wait for the newly morphed froglet to come totally out of the canister, into the viv, it's hell to catch the little thing to transport it to the grow-out! Once their front legs pop, they usually kind of "flirt" for several days with coming out of the water, usually still in the canister, not all the way out into the viv. They get scared and poof! back into the water in the can. So a day or two after their fronts pop, I move the can (with the froglet) into the grow-out. Problem solved, right?
Well, I put a can with a froglet into the grow-out viv, and then I frequently checked to see if the froglet was out of the can yet. One morning I shined my flashlight into the can, and did a double-take. The frog was huge, spread out, and was floating on top of the water in the can. I thought it was dead! The frog couldn't have possible bloated THAT MUCH, even if dead! I looked again, and finally realized..........one of the grown up babies was floating on the water, with the baby under it, unable to get out! I quickly dumped the can into an 8 oz deli cup, and both the full grown frog and the small froglet ended up being alive and well.
I have read here on DD that some females will feed other females tads. Could the (full-grown) baby have been trying to feed the small froglet? It appeared to be trying to keep the froglet from getting out of the water, but that thought is just too disturbing. Anyone else have similar experience?
Pumilio bastimentos, R. benedictas, P. Terribilis orange, R. Imitator Cainarachi Valley, D. Leucomelas, D. Auratus, D. Azureus, P. vittatus, D. cobalts, D.Oyapok, Bombina Orientalis