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My newest project, Hairy Frogs (Trichobatrachus robustus)
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Got this pair last week. They are settling in an hopefully I'll get some decent pics in the next few weeks.
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#2
wow...very cool Justin. How rare are these frogs ? How many in the U.S ?
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#3
Fairly common in the wild where they are found, though they are sensitive to deforestation and degrading water quality.

As for how many are in the USA, I think roughly a dozen were imported a few weeks ago. I have a pair, I know a guy with 3 juvs, Ken in Las Vegas has some up for sell at an awesome price. I got them from a guy who was able to handpick me out a pair shortly after they landed, which was VERY nice of him. As soon as I heard they came in, I jumped on them.

Perhaps a few are still here from an import last year, only a couple imports of them over the years. They are VERY rare in the hobby and very little is known on them. This is the first female I've seen offered in the USA and the first time I've ever seen one come in with hair.
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#4
Very cool. Have you made any observations on the 'retractable' claws? I've read how they literally break their toes to expose a sharp bone, but there was some question about the retraction of the claw and re-healing of the wound. Impressive animal!
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#5
Yes, I made plenty of observations in the first day when I confused the retractable claws with the razor like things the male has on his thumbs. Apperantly I was wrong on my thinking, their back feet have the claws and man do they shred through your skin! It looks like a cat attacked me!

joneill809 Wrote:Very cool. Have you made any observations on the 'retractable' claws? I've read how they literally break their toes to expose a sharp bone, but there was some question about the retraction of the claw and re-healing of the wound. Impressive animal!
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#6
Never thought you would need a pair of kevlar lined gloves for the frog hobby... Big Grin
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#7
Any ideas on what purpose the "hair" serves?
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#8
From what I've read the hair serves as extra surface area for better oxygen absorption. I believe their habitat usually consists of poorly oxygenated water.
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#9
There are multiple theory's, the one most widely accepted is that the males use the hairs to increase oxygen absorption so they don't have to surface as much while they protect the eggs laid under rocks, similar to hellbenders.

The water they are found in is very oxygen rich.

crayy8 Wrote:From what I've read the hair serves as extra surface area for better oxygen absorption. I believe their habitat usually consists of poorly oxygenated water.
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Hope these show up.

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