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How Big Do They Get?

Unlike the Dwarf Clawed Frog, African Clawed Frogs can get pretty large.  Below is a size guide based on ideal growth conditions.  Females are much larger than males and can grow as big as your fist!  Males can weigh up to 60 grams and females up to 200 grams.

Age:

Froglet

3 Months

6 Months

9 Months

12 Months

2 Years+
Male:

1 inch

2 Inches

2.5 Inches

3 Inches

3 inches >

4 Inches >
Female:

1 Inch

2.5 Inches

3 Inches

4 Inches

4.5 Inches >

5 Inches >

How Long Do They Live?

African Clawed Frogs are long-lived creatures under good conditions.  Below are the longest recorded captive life spans of Xenopus frogs:

Xenopus borealis

8 Years. Female, acquired date unknown as a juvenile. Captive bred. Last reported 1992. 5 Years. Gender unknown, acquired date unknown. In Hughes 1986.

Xenopus clivi

4 Years, 8 Months. Gender unknown, acquired date unknown. In Hughes 1986.

Xenopus gilli - Cope's Clawed Frog

9 Years. Gender unknown, acquired date unknown. In Hughes 1986.

Xenopus laevis - African Clawed Frog

30 Years, 4 Months. Gender unknown, acquired date unknown. In Hughes 1986.

27 Years, 10 Months. Gender unknown, acquired date unknown. In Hughes 1986.

16 Years, 5 Months. Gender unknown, acquired 02/14/76 as an adult. Died 08/01/92.15 Years. Gender unknown, acquired date unknown. In Hughes 1986.

13 Years. Gender unknown, acquired 01/03/73. Deceased.

8 Years, 9 Months. Gender unknown, acquired date unknown as an adult. Wild bred. Deceased. At PHIP, in Bowler 1977.

8 Years, 6 Months. Gender unknown, acquired 06/07/77. Deceased. 4 Years, 1 Month. Gender unknown, acquired 11/10/81 as an adult. Wild bred. Deceased.

Xenopus muelleri - Tropical Platanna

8 Years, 9 Months. Gender unknown, acquired date unknown. In Hughes 1986.

Xenopus tropicalis

8 Years, 2 Months. Gender unknown, acquired date unknown. At ZOOE, in Biegler 1966.

Xenopus vestitus

10 Years. Gender unknown, acquired date unknown. In Hughes 1986.

Xenopus wittei

4 Years, 8 Months. Gender unknown, acquired date unknown. In Hughes 1986.