Friday, February 21, 2014

The "Jelly Bean" Frog

Pets stores are pretty notorious for giving inaccurate names to the livestock they are selling, but their latest fad product is not just confusingly names--it is cruel.

The so called "jelly bean" frog is an albino frog from one of many common pet frog species, that has been injected with a colorful dye to make it a brighter color.  They also go by names like "tutti frutti" and come in colors like red and bright green.

Even moderately respectable wholesalers seems to have fallen onto this band wagon selling albino frog with clearly modified color.  Segrest has dyed African clawed frogs (Pipidae Xenopus laevis)--shown right.

The reason you should not buy there frog include:
1) Injecting the dye is an unecessary and often painful procedure
2) The dye may negatively effect their health and life span
3) The color fades over time anyway
4) If you are really interested in frog shouldn't you get "frog"-colored frog pets?

I have not been able to discover exactly how the dye injection is performed but it appears to be similar to the "dyed fish" craze.  And that type of dying is done by injecting the dye into the fish with a hypodermic needle. This process causes direct toxic effects to the animal and makes them more susceptible to infectious diseases.

This kind extreme cosmetic modification tend to lead to impulse buys, which is why the aquatics forums are now being bombarded with questions from people who do not know what species they have, how to care for it, or why it is sick.


  1. I have to say I have not heard of this and thanks for sharing.

  2. this is 100% a torture for the animal. really very bad. thanks for this article making people aware about this.