Xenopus laevis Frog Colony Care


Why Xenopus?
Water Systems
The Frogs
Sexing Frogs
Testes Isolation
In Vitro Ferts
Oocyte Surgery
Colony Returns
Recycling Frogs
Natural Mating
Raising Tadpoles
Health & Disease


Web Xlaevis

Updated 1/25/2006

Our Mission

This site is designed to provide information about housing, rearing, and care of Xenopus laevis and, to a lesser extent, Xenopus tropicalis frogs.

Xenopus laevis (African Clawed frogs) are simple to maintain on a small scale, and there are a variety of systems that work well at that level. However, requirements are more complex for large institutional colonies that wish to produce eggs for biochemical experiments.

We have thirty years experience with large colonies, and have made the information here available primarily for people who are looking for information on maintaining large colonies.

This is by no means a comprehensive site. If you have questions that are not answered here we suggest consulting the following resources:

bullet Methods in Cell Biology 1991, vol. 36 (Kay and Peng)
bulletPeter Vize’s web-site (especially good for tropicalis questions)
bulletXenopus Express - very informative.
bullet Normal Table of Xenopus laevis - the best Xenopus developmental book.

The information contained here comes from our experience  as well as the valuable resources mentioned above.  Starting January 1, 2006, if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at <info(AT)xlaevis.com>.  We hope you find this site useful and informative.

laevis and tropicalis

Here you see the female X. laevis and X. tropicalis