Frogs are cute little critters which make unusual and rewarding pets. However, there are many species of frog out there, each with its own specific care requirements. Use this article as a general guide to choosing and caring for a pet frog, but be prepared to do more in-depth research on the specific species of frog you choose.
Familiarize yourself with some good beginner breeds. The first thing to realize when it comes to frogs is that there are a huge variety of frog species available — some are easy to take care of, while others will require a lot of time and specialist knowledge. If this is your first pet frog, it’s highly recommended that you choose a suitable breed for beginners, like one of the following:
- African dwarf frog: African dwarf frogs are a good option for beginners as they are small, active and easy to take care of. They don’t require live food and are complete aquatic.
- Oriental fire-bellied toads: These frogs are a good option for beginners who want a terrestrial (non-aquatic) frog. They are fairly active and don’t grow too large.
- White’s tree frog: White’s tree frog is perhaps the easiest tree frog to take care of — they are somewhat active, easy to feed and even tolerate being handled from time to time (which is unusual for frogs).
- Pacman frogs: Pacman frogs are large, terrestrial frogs which are easy to care for. They tend to be quite sedentary, which lowers their space requirements but may make them a boring pet for kids.
- As a beginner, you should avoid poison frogs or frogs that cost a lot of money. Poison frogs tend to be quite fragile and have complicated care needs, while more expensive frogs are a risky choice for people new to frog care. It’s better to start with an inexpensive, easy breed and work your way up.
Avoid keeping wild frogs as pets. Although it is possible to catch wild frogs to keep as pets, there are several things you should consider first.
- Firstly, it can be difficult to identify what species of frog you have caught. Different species of frogs have very different requirements in terms of foods, temperature, and habitat so if you try to keep a wild frog in the wrong conditions, it could die.
- If you do decide to take a frog from the wild, make sure to take note of the surroundings in which you find it. Was it hopping around a leafy, grassy forest bed, hiding under a rock or swimming in a pond? These are the conditions you will most likely need to replicate at home.
- However, you should still try to find out the exact species of your frog, by searching for images online, consulting a frog book or asking a local nature expert. This will help you to identify the frog’s exact requirements.
- Secondly, many of the frog species found in the wild are facing population declines or even extinction. Taking a frog from its natural environment could be harming wild frog populations, especially if it is an endangered species.
- Thirdly, sometimes wild frogs can carry diseases. Make sure yours is an active and healthy individual!
- In fact, taking protected species from the wild is illegal in some areas, so be sure to check your state/country regulations before capturing a wild frog.
Consider the frog’s size and space requirements. The size of your frog (when it’s fully grown) and the size of the tank it requires should be a top consideration when choosing your pet frog.
- Sometimes, the teeny-tiniest looking frogs in the pet store will become giant monster frogs when fully grown. For example, pixie frogs (whose name would suggest a miniature frog) start out measuring under an inch in length, but can grow to a length of over eight inches.
- Large frogs require a lot of space. For example, a fully grown bullfrog will require a 75 gallon (283.9 L) tank, or larger. If they are housed in undersized tanks, these frogs can become unhappy and sick.
- Large tanks take up a lot of space in the home and require more effort to keep clean. These frogs will also eat more food, making them more expensive to feed than smaller frog varieties.
- This is another reason to do your research and find out the exact breed of frog before you buy.
Consider the frog’s feeding requirements. Before you jump headfirst into buying the cutest (or ugliest -depending on your preference) frog in the store, you should take some time to figure out what it eats.
- Most frog species are happy to eat crickets, worms (such and red wigglers and night crawlers) and other creepy crawlies. However, it’s important to keep in mind that frogs usually prefer live food, especially if you’re squeamish about that sort of thing.
- Larger frogs will often require more substantial food, which might include mice, goldfish or guppies. Providing your frog with these items can be a lot of work and is not for the faint of heart!
- In addition, you will need to consider where the frog’s food will come from — your local grocery store probably doesn’t stock live crickets! Do you have a large pet supply store nearby which caters for more exotic animals?
- Of course, it is possible to find food for your frog in the back garden but this can be pretty time-consuming and unreliable. In addition, garden pests are often exposed to chemical insecticides, which is unhealthy for your frog.
Find out how active your species is. Another major consideration is the activity level of your preferred species of frog. This is especially important if the frog is a children’s pet, as most kids want a pet who’ll keep them entertained.
- A lot of the larger, cool or weird looking frogs are a popular choice among beginner frog keepers, however, these frogs tend to be the least active and will simply sit still as a statue and sleep all day. This can become boring very quickly.
- If you’re looking for a more active frog, you’re better off going for smaller frogs, aquatic frogs and certain species of tree frog, as these will often hop or swim around, making them more fun to look at.
- You should also bear in mind that even the most active frogs won’t do much other than hop around or eat some crickets — you can’t take a frog for a walk, teach it tricks or even handle it all that much. Therefore, it’s important to consider whether a frog is really the ideal pet for you (or your child).
Understand that keeping a pet frog is a commitment. It’s important to realize that getting a pet frog is not the same level of the time commitment as a goldfish — in fact, a large, well-cared-for frog can live up to 25 years!
- As a result, you need to be prepared to take care of your frog for many years to come — to feed it, keep its environment clean and care for it when it’s sick.
- You should also think about how you will deal with future vacations as someone will need to care for your frog while you are away. A willing volunteer can be difficult to find if your frog only eats live crickets or even mice!
- If you get a pet frog but discover it’s too much work or too much of an expense to keep, you will have to get rid of it through the proper channels.
- If you picked a wild frog from your backyard or a local park, you should be able to release it in the same place you found it. Be specific and replace the frog as close to the original location as possible — whether it was underneath leaves on the forest floor or beside a stream.
- However, if your frog is a store-bought, non-native species, you will not be able to release it into to wild. You will need to give the frog back to the pet store, sell the frog to a new owner, donate the frog to a local school as a class pet, or contact a nearby animal care organization.
Figure out whether you need a license. In some places, you are required to possess a license to keep certain frogs as pets, especially if they are endangered or poisonous.
- For example, the African clawed frog is illegal in states like California and Oregon, where it would pose a threat to native wildlife populations if released.
- Contact your local government office for more information on the licensing requirements in your area.
Find out what type of tank your frog needs. Different species of frog have very different requirements when it comes to tanks, so make sure you do your homework before buying.
- Terrestrial tanks: These are the simplest frog tanks, but should only be used for frog species that come from dry environments.
- Aquatic tank: This type of tank is only used for purely aquatic species of the frog — it is basically an aquarium filled with water, just like a fish tank.
- Half and half: This is the most common type of frog tank, where half of the tank is filled with water, while the other half is dry. Most frogs will do well in this environment.
- Arboreal tank: The arboreal tank is designed specifically for tree frogs who prefer to spend their time climbing on branches. These tanks are typically taller and narrower than other types of tank.
- Pond: In some situations, you can keep native frog species in a pond in your backyard. Sometimes simply building a pond will attract local frogs to your yard and you won’t need to go to the trouble of catching them at all! However, you should never keep non-native species in an outdoor pond as they might disrupt the local ecosystem by feeding on native frogs and other endangered insects.
Place the tank in a suitable location. Once you have the tank, you will need to decide where to put it.
- It should be kept out of direct sunlight at all times, as this can raise the temperature, making it uncomfortable (and perhaps dangerously) dry and hot inside the tank.
- The tank should also be kept away from the kitchen, as smoke and other fumes from cooking can be harmful to your frog.
- You also need to be careful not to expose the tank to any aerosol sprays (such as spray paint in the garage or hair spray in the bedroom) as these can be absorbed through the frog’s skin, potentially making him ill.
Fill the tank with the right substrate materials. The substrate is the material used to cover the bottom of the tank. Your main considerations when it comes to the substrate are how damp or dry the tank needs to be and how easy the material is to clean.
- Gravel stones are a good option for most common frog species — the gravel is easy to clean and comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Other good options include potting soil, pine bark, sand, and cedar or pine shavings.
- Once the substrate materials are in place, you can set about decorating the inside of the tank to your frog’s liking! You can cover gravel substrate with a layer of moss, which makes the tank look a lot more natural. Just make sure to keep the moss damp by spritzing it with clean, stale water every so often and remember to keep an eye out for mold.
- Placing a few rocks or stones inside the tank is also a good option, as it gives your frog something to climb on. Just make sure that the rocks have no sharp edges that the frog could injure itself on.
- You can also decorate your tank with plastic branches or small live plants while a hollow log provides a good hiding spot. Buy or make a colorful background for your tank, such as a rainforest backdrop, as this helps to keep your frog feeling at home.
Figure out your frog’s light and temperature requirements. The temperature and heating requirements for frogs vary greatly by species, so make sure to do some research before you set up your tank.
- Unlike lizards, snakes, and turtles, most frogs do not require any special lighting, as they get all of their vitamin D requirements through their food.
- However, you will usually need to provide a light source for up to 12 hours a day, especially if the tank doesn’t have access to natural light.
- Fluorescent lighting is the safest option for frogs, as it doesn’t tend to get too hot. Hot lights can be dangerous if the frog decides to jump on them.
- In terms of heating, the ideal temperature for your frog will depend entirely on species. The easiest way to change the temperature inside the tank is to change the temperature in the whole room.
- Alternatively, you can buy heating lamps (which go above rather than inside the tank) or heating pads (which wrap around the outside of the tank) to raise the temperature inside.
- If you need to heat the water in an aquatic or half and half tank, you will need to purchase a glass tube or fully submersible water heater.
- Make sure to run any heaters a couple of days before you put the frogs in the tank. This allows you to monitor the temperature and makes sure it is right for the frogs.
Feed your frog crickets (and other creepy-crawlies). As mentioned above, most common frog species will eat crickets, worms, and other insects, while larger frogs will also eat mice or goldfish as an occasional treat.
- How much and how often you need to feed your frog will depend on the individual frog and may come down to a process of trial and error at first.
- Try feeding your frog three crickets per day to start off. If he quickly eats all three and starts to look hungry over the next few days, you can increase the number of crickets. However, if he only eats one or two and ignores the rest, you may be able to cut back.
- You can also experiment with different types of food, such as mealworms, waxworms, and grasshoppers to see what your frog prefers. Aquatic frogs will generally eat frozen bloodworms or brine shrimp.
Keep your frog clean and hydrated. It is very important to provide your pet frog with clean water daily, as he will use it for both drinking and bathing.
- Frogs absorb water through their skin rather than drinking with their mouths. As a result, they tend to spend long periods of time just sitting in their water baths or ponds. This water should be dechlorinated, if possible.
- You will also need to clean out the tank every couple of days to remove any droppings, wipe down the side of the tank, check for mold or algae and generally maintain a healthy environment for your frog.
Avoid handling your frog. Frogs don’t like to be handled, plain and simple. Therefore, you should try to leave your frog inside the tank as much as possible and content yourself with just looking at him.
- If you can’t resist picking him up, make sure to thoroughly wash and dry your hands first and avoid putting on any lotions, as frogs can absorb these things from your skin and potentially fall ill.
- Be aware that he might squirm when you pick him up and potentially wet on you — this is a sign that your frog is stressed by the handling and you should put him back in his tank as soon as possible.
- Also be very careful not to drop your frog while handling — even if it squirms — as falling from a height could seriously injure your frog.
Pay attention to the health of your frog. Once a frog gets sick, it can be very difficult to treat and the prognosis is rarely good. Therefore, the best way to keep your frog healthy is to prevent it from becoming sick in the first place.
- If your frog starts to look in any way skinny or malnourished, ask yourself whether you are providing enough variety in terms of food. A frog can’t survive on a diet of crickets or mealworms alone. One of most common frog deficiencies is a lack of calcium, so consider sprinkling your frog’s food with a powdered calcium supplement before feeding time.
- Watch out for signs of red-leg, which is a potentially fatal illness that commonly affects captive frogs. Red-leg manifests as a reddening of the skin on the underside of the frog’s legs and belly, while suffering frogs tend to become lazy and pathetic. If you suspect your frog might have red-leg, you should scrub out the tank to remove the parasite, then give your frog daily sulfamethazine baths over a two week period.
- You also need to look out for fungal infections and illnesses like dropsy and spring disease. In these cases, you probably need to seek treatment from a veterinarian who can prescribe an appropriate antibiotic for your frog.
What basic supplies do I need?
You’ll need a tank, water and food to get started, but your frog will also like natural elements, like rocks, sticks and moss.
If I find little frogs or toads, what should I feed them?
Frogs and toads should be fed small bugs such as crickets, meal worms and woodlice.
Can I travel with my pet frog on the ferry and in the car?
Yes, if you keep the temperature for the frog’s tank right, then they should be fine.
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To take care of your frog, feed it crickets, worms, and a variety of other insects. Try feeding your frog 3 crickets a day to start with, then feed your frog more or less depending on whether it consistently eats all 3 crickets. Additionally, give your frog clean water every day in a container big enough for it to fit in, since frogs sit in water to absorb it through their skin rather than drink it. Limit how often you handle your frog, because frogs don’t like to be touched. Finally, watch for any unusual changes in the color of your frog’s skin, which can indicate illness. To learn how and where to set up your frog’s tank, scroll down!
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How to Choose the Right Pet Frog Frogs can make great pets for the right person, but frogs in the wild are facing population declines and extinction largely as a result of human activities. Unfortunately, the pet trade is likely contributing to the amphibian extinction crisis and the spread of a devastating infection by Chytrid fungus. For this reason, you should only buy frogs that you are sure are captive-bred locally and tested to be free of disease whenever possible. Avoid capturing wild frogs and keeping them as pets. Breed Overview Scientific Name: AnuraCommon Name: FrogAdult Size: 2 to 5-1/2 inchesLife Expectancy: 4-15 years Caring for Pet Frogs Frogs in captivity are quite long-lived (with proper care) so be prepared for a long-term commitment. Average life spans are typically four to fifteen years, although some frogs have been known to live longer. Some of the smallest frogs you might see in a pet store grow into giants. Their names often add to the confused expectations. For example, “pixie” frogs, which sound like they should be small, are actually African bullfrogs, which grow to be eight to nine inches long and very fat. They get their cute name from their Latin name, Pyxicephalus adspersus. Although pet frogs might seem to be boring, some of the smaller frogs are actually quite active. However, many of the larger frogs are sedentary and don’t move around much. Frogs are not a pet that should be handled regularly due to their special, sensitive skin. If you travel often and tend to leave town for more than a couple of days at a time, keep in mind that it may be difficult to find someone to care for your frogs. Everything You Need to Know About Pet Frogs Housing Frogs Setting up a tank with everything your frog needs before bringing them home should be done to ensure a proper environment with appropriate water, humidity, and heat requirements. Some frogs hibernate and you will have to provide certain conditions to ensure your frog does so safely. Make sure you know the right kind of tank your frog will need (i.e. aquatic, terrestrial, arboreal, or semi-aquatic). A half land and half water environment is probably the trickiest to set up but is also one of the most common types of tank needed for frogs. Keeping a frog enclosure clean can be a lot of work. Many frogs have fairly simple light, temperature, and humidity requirements but they are very sensitive to contaminants and waste in their environment. Food and Water Your frog’s diet will vary based on its species, but generally speaking, frogs are carnivores who eat live prey. Many frogs eat worms or insects, including crickets, caterpillars, moths, and grasshoppers. Some of the larger frogs will even eat pinky mice. You can purchase live prey at your local pet store. Be sure that fresh and clean water is available to your frog at all times. Good Frog Species for Beginners As with any other kind of pet, doing lots of research prior to deciding on the type of frog that best suits your needs is the best way to make sure you and your frog will be happy. Dwarf Clawed Frogs: These are small, active, completely aquatic, and are among the easiest of frogs to keep in captivity. They are very popular pet frogs. Oriental Fire-Bellied Toads: These are semi-terrestrial frogs that are fairly active and relatively easy to keep as pets. White’s Tree Frog: White’s are terrestrial tree frogs that are docile and easy to keep but they do tend to be fairly inactive so some people find them boring as pets….
The Ultimate Guide to Caring For Your Pet Frog – AZ Animals
Pet Frogs: The Ultimate Guide to Caring For Your Pet Frog If you’ve recently adopted a pet frog or are planning on taking one in and aren’t sure how to care for it yet, you probably have all kinds of questions about their needs in captivity. From figuring out your frog’s species to their ideal habitat to what kind of food they eat, this guide will cover everything you need to know so your new pet can live their best life.Read on to learn more about frogs as pets and what their many care requirements entail! You might be surprised to learn just how specific and detailed most frogs’ care needs really are.Determine Your Frog’s SpeciesRed-eyed tree frogs are popular pets thanks to their unique appearance.Brandon Alms/Shutterstock.comFinding out what species your frog is should be your first step in providing them with quality care. Incredibly, there are over 5,000 documented species of frogs that all have their own unique needs both in the wild and in captivity!From temperature to enclosure size to humidity and water levels, a tomato frog is going to require a very different setup from, say, a Budgett’s frog and so on. Some frogs are entirely aquatic, while others are semi-aquatic and require both land and water to thrive. Some frogs are omnivores, while others are purely carnivorous. If you purchased your frog from a breeder or a pet shop, you may already know their species. You can always reach out to where you purchased the frog for more information. However, if you adopted them from a friend or a neighbor or they’re a rescue, this may be more complicated.I still highly recommend contacting a breeder or exotic vet if your frog is a rescue, though! Most experienced amphibian/reptile breeders and veterinarians are able to easily identify certain species thanks to the knowledge they’ve accumulated throughout their careers. If possible, attend a reptile and amphibian expo and get a few opinions to be sure. If there are no expos in your area, politely contacting a well-known breeder with pictures of your frog may still get you a quick response.Some of the most common frogs kept as pets include:White’s tree frogsAmazon milk frogsFire-bellied toads (technically still frogs!)Pacman frogsAfrican bullfrogs (AKA Pixie frogs)Budgett’s frogsRed-eyed tree frogsTomato frogsAmerican green tree frogsAmerican toads (also technically frogs!)Buy a Suitable Enclosure For Your FrogMost pet frogs need at least some water in their enclosures to swim and soak in.iStock.com/edb3_16All frogs need some kind of enclosure for housing, regardless of their size, species, etc. Most smaller species of frogs thrive in 20 to 50-gallon enclosures. Larger species may need 100 gallons or more to feel comfortable. The size and setup of your enclosure will largely depend on your frog’s species. There are a few key reasons why an enclosure is so important, most of which involve your frog’s safety. If possible, buy and set up an enclosure before you bring your frog home!For starters, like reptiles, amphibians such as frogs are ectotherms, so they rely on their environment to stay warm. While your frog may be just fine in their native habitat, they require very specific conditions to thrive in your home. Maintaining these conditions in an enclosure is much easier than adapting your entire home to…
How to Keep A Wild Pet Frog or Toad
How to Keep A Wild Pet Frog or Toad This content is provided for information purposes only. See our Terms for more information. When I was a kid, I had a wild pet toad named Toady Wart Face who lived in a window well but could roam our yard freely. He never came inside our home and kept our yard clean by eating all the grubs and bugs in sight. I loved being able to enjoy Toady in his natural habitat. You could keep a wild “pet” frog by creating the perfect environment for frogs in your yard, garden or window well. However, some frogs are protected, endangered or invasive species so it is key to follow local rules and regulations when attracting frogs to your yard. We do not recommend buying a pet frog and, generally, it is illegal to adopt wildlife in captivity. For example, in Canada where I live, it is illegal to harass wildlife or to keep a wild animal in captivity. Penalties vary from province to province, but in Ontario offenders could be fined up to $20K and be criminally charged. But often, creating an ideal environment to naturally attract frogs and toads to your yard to observe them from a distance is a great way to enjoy their presence on your property while respecting them as wildlife. This may be possible long as you follow local animal laws. Respect Local Animal Laws Before diving in, let’s clarify what we mean by “pets” in the context of this blog: An outdoor animal that generally lives on your property (not inside your home) which you can observe in their natural habitat from a distance. You should not need to care for the frog, touch it, feed it or take it inside your home. The frog should find everything it needs in the environment you create and only be treated as from-a-distance, observational “pet.” Before attracting wild frogs as backyard “pets”, be sure that you are allowed to do so by getting in touch with a local and recognized wildlife center or Animal Wildlife Department. Some frogs and toads are protected, endangered or invasive species and depending on the animal, you may or may not be able to let it live in your yard. Here are some phone numbers you can call to find out more: LocationPhoneCanadian Wildlife ServiceCanada1-800-668-6767U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceUSA1‑800‑344‑WILDDepartment of Biodiversity, Conservation & AttractionsAustralia(08) 9219 9000Department for Environment, Food & Rural AffairsUK03459 33 55 77 If you are allowed to attract frogs to your yard, read on. We will have a look at creating the perfect backyard environment for wild frogs and toads below. Aquatic Frogs as Wild Frog Pond Pets Before we dive in, be sure to remind yourself of the difference between frogs and toads. Although they eat similar things, they are very different species with different needs. Depending on which type of frog you would like to attract to your yard, you will need to create different environments. If your goal is to attract aquatic frogs to your yard, then creating a frog-friendly pond is probably the best solution. We have a complete guide on how to create a frog pond based on my parent’s experience making a pond that naturally attracted three frogs to it. My parent’s pond naturally attracted 3 frogs Generally, a frog-friendly pond requires fresh water, plants, shade, hiding spaces, few predators, and the presence of bugs for frogs to eat. If the pond is large enough, they may spawn there during mating season. Having a frog-friendly pond can be an excellent way to naturally attract wildlife to your yard that you can observe and enjoy. Learn about how to create a frog pond in this guide on our blog. Toads as Wild Garden Pets You can…
So Your Kid Wants a Pet Frog. Here's Everything to Know
So Your Kid Wants a Pet Frog. Here’s Everything to KnowTo some parents, finding out their kid wants a pet frog may be thrilling. To others, it’s unnerving. As it turns out, frogs (and toads) make great pets. Compared to dogs and cats, they are incredibly low maintenance. There are certainly frogs that require more attention than others, so we rounded up ten frog species that make good pets for kids, as well as everything you need to know about caring for them. These frogs (and toads) require very little upkeep beyond maintaining a specific temperature and humidity, and they tend to be pretty resilient. Our biggest piece of advice: Research the type you buy. Frogs aren’t dogs, but each species has unique needs that must be met.Note: The CDC doesn’t recommend amphibians or reptiles as pets for kids under the age of 5.WHAT ARE FROGS?A good question! Frogs are amphibians. This means they can’t regulate their own body temperatures and start life as water-dwelling creatures. As they mature, they grow legs and lungs to live on land. However, they still need wet habitats. Frogs absorb water and air through their glandular skin. There are roughly 7,000 frog species on the planet, and The Washington Post says 100 of those are native to the United States.THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FROGS AND TOADSToads are types of frogs, but not all frogs are toads. Allow us to explain. Both frogs and toads are members of the Anura order, which means they don’t have tails. Frogs have lengthy hind legs (often longer than their bodies) and are slimy and smooth to the touch. Frogs tend to live in or around water. Toads have shorter hind legs and dry skin often covered in bumps and knobs. They happily live on land and don’t need as much water.Frogs and toads can also be broken down into three basic categories when it comes to habitat: arboreal (tree-dwelling), terrestrial (land-dwelling) and aquatic (water-dwelling).WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A PET FROGKids who want pet frogs should know what they’re signing up for. Frogs are almost always nocturnal. They are pretty boring during the daytime and may croak at night. This makes for an elusive daytime pet who keeps you awake! Frogs are also not fond of being picked up or held. They make excellent pets for kids who want to care for a pet, not cuddle with one. Lizards are better options if your child is eager to hold a tiny pet.IS IT CRUEL TO KEEP FROGS AS PETS?Exotic, wild animals thrive best in their natural habitats. It is not advised to bring a wild frog home to keep as a pet, in part because they could carry infections and in part because they are not equipped to handle the transition to captivity. Plus, it destroys ecosystems.But, believe it or not, there are frog breeders you can buy from. Look for members of the United States Association of Reptile Keepers to ensure you’re buying from a reputable source. Do not buy from anyone who has captured wild frogs and is attempting to sell them. To ensure a safe, healthy and happy life for a pet frog, you must invest the time and resources into its ideal habitat.10 Frog Species That Make Good PetsSmith Collection/Gado/Contributor/Getty Images1. African Dwarf Frog Size: 1.25-2 inches longColor: Gray and black, Olive greenType: AquaticHabitat: 10+-gallon aquarium, 12” tallCare: Moderate-maintenanceTemperature: 72-80 degreesDiet: Frog/tadpole pellets, fish food, wormsLife Expectancy: 5 yearsPrice: $2-$5Ideal for: Fish lovers These tiny frogs spend all their time in water, popping up to the surface every now and then for a breath of fresh air. This is why a secure screened aquarium lid is a must! African Dwarf Frogs are moderately difficult to care for because they require daily temperature checks and weekly water quality checks. PetCo says African Dwarf Frogs live peacefully with fish and frogs of the same species. Invest in lots of aquarium decor so your African…
Can I keep a frog as a pet? – kb.rspca.org.au
Can I keep a frog as a pet? – RSPCA Knowledgebase Before you consider purchasing a frog you need to be familiar with the law in your state or territory. Frogs and tadpoles are protected in most Australian states and territories and a license is required to keep them in captivity. It is illegal to take a frog from the wild in Australia – if you wish to keep frogs you must purchase them from a licensed frog breeder or society. You can find out what the laws are in your state at the Australian Frog Network website: frogs.org.au As with any pet, you should thoroughly research the frog species you are interested in keeping before committing to caring for one. The above website provides a comprehensive list of resources for amphibian keepers. Caring for captive frogs is a big commitment – amphibians have very different husbandry requirements to other pets. Consider the qualities you are looking for in a pet – frogs are nocturnal and will be most lively after dark. They do not like to be handled and have very specific housing needs. All species of frog need to be housed in a specialised enclosure that reproduces their natural habitat as closely as possible. Frogs are highly sensitive to habitat changes; you will need to carefully monitor temperature, humidity and day length to ensure that your pet’s environmental requirements are met. There are several infectious diseases of frogs present in Australia and it is vital that keepers practice hygienic husbandry techniques and closely monitor their animals for signs of ill health. Frogs also require a diet of live insects, which should be purchased from a breeder or pet store rather than collected from the environment where they may be contaminated with insecticides or pesticides. Some species of frog live for as long as 20 years in captivity – you need to be prepared to provide appropriate care for your frog for its whole life. You can learn more about caring for pet frogs at: https://frogs.org.au/arc/index.html https://www.fats.org.au http://www.reptilepublications.com.au/