The X. laevis frogs are large frog docile animal that are
easy to hold once you get your technique down. They should be well coated in mucus, and
very soft to the touch. If they shed excessively or the skin is rough, you probably have a
sick frog and should treat accordingly.
The females are larger than the
males, pear shaped and have a noticeable cloaca. The sexually mature males have black,
sticky nuptial pads (less noticeable in the
tropicalis) on their forearms, lacking in the females, that they use during amplexus, and
lack the cloaca.