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Banded bullfrog
- Kaloula pulchra

This curious terrestrial frog comes from Southeast Asia, from wetlands, what we will take into account to install the terrarium.
Banded bullfrog
Banded bullfrog (Kaloula pulchra) – Rushen, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


The Banded bullfrog (Kaloula pulchra) it is known by many names. Estas frogs originally come from Southeast Asia. They are especially widespread in China, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and Indonesia. But, Isolated specimens of these narrow-mouthed frogs have also been sighted in Australia or New Zealand. In their natural habitats, the Kaloula pulchra is preferably found in forest soils, paddy fields or near settlements. Their diet consists mainly of ants.


These frogs are peaceful animals. The ideal is to keep them in pairs or in a group with other members of the same species.
It has the particularity that when it is disturbed it swells like a balloon to incredible extremes..


Kaloula pulchra
Kaloula pulchra – Pierre Fidenci, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

The Banded bullfrog can reach a maximum size of about 8 cm.. A recommended aquaterrarium for the maintenance and care of these exotic species. The “accommodation” must have at least 90 x 50 x 50 cm and have a part of land and another of water. At least 1/4 of the container must be made up of water.

For the land part, a soil substrate is recommended, sand, gravel or bark mulch. It is important that the substrate has a certain height. Its Banded bullfrog nocturnal will immediately dig into it. Other hiding places and shelters also contribute to the well-being of frogs.. Terrarium plants or roots are suitable for it. The plants also serve so that these climbing artists can climb.

To the Banded bullfrog likes an air temperature between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius. During the evening and night hours, the temperature can be lowered to 20 – 22 degrees Celsius. But, in the water section a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. It is important that the water is always pure and without chlorine residues. Chlorine has a negative effect on the health of your exotics.

To the Banded bullfrog he likes humidity. The humidity should be between 70 and the 80 %. For this very reason, you, as a caregiver, you should spray the terrarium and the animals with water several times a day.

Frogs hibernate. So, during the winter months there should be less water in the aquaterrarium. The ambient temperature should also be lowered to 4 Celsius degrees.


The Banded bullfrog gratefully accept the food. Especially crickets, caterpillars or earthworms.

Mealworms can be their food once a week or so if one Banded bullfrog stays at home, but it shouldn't make up the majority of your diet, can be used as laxatives.


The Banded bullfrog (Kaloula pulchra) has already been raised in the aquaterrarium. The laying of the female may contain up to 1.000 eggs. The young hatch after a day.

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The market price of a Banded bullfrog ranges between 20 and 30 EUR.

Alternative names:

    1. Asian painted frog, Malaysian painted frog, Burmese painted frog, rice frog, bubble frog, chubby frog (English).
    2. Chubby grenouille, crapaud buffle, Grenouille peinte d’Asie, discoglosse asiatique, crapaud à bouche étroite de Malaisie (French).
    3. Reisfrosch, Blasenfrosch, Gemalter Ochsenfrosch, (German).
    4. Sapo pintado da Ásia, sapo pintado da Malásia, Sapo pintado de birmanês, sapo de arroz, e sapo bolha (Portuguese).
    5. Rana toro con bandas, Sapo Pintado de Ásia (español).
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