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Frog Keeping & Care

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Frog Keeping & Care

Find out what type of tank your frog needs. Frogs come from many parts of the world. This means environments differ depending on what type of frog you have. The wrong habitat for your frog could mean illness or death. 

  • Aquatic tank: Basically an aquarium filled with water, just like a fish tank.
  • Half and half: Half of the tank is filled with water, while the other half is dry. 
  • Arboreal tank:Climbers want to climb so an enclosure that is taller than it is wide perfect. 

Best tank location. Where to put the tank?

  • Keep the tank out of direct sunlight. This could cause the temperature to become too hot and dry out the enclosure too fast. This would be uncomfortable and possibly deadly to the frog. 
  • Keep the tank away from areas that may have smoke, car fumes or other harmful airborne particles. 
  • Be careful with areosols around frogs, it is best to not use them in the same room. Hair spray, spray paint or other chemicals are harmful as frogs absorb everything through their skin. 

light and temperature requirements. These vary by species, it is important to learn about your specific frogs needs. 

  • Most frogs do not need a UVB light, as they get their vitamins through their food. Make sure your specific frog is within this category.
  • Frogs do still need a light to differentiate between night and day. A florescent light will be a good way to add light without heat.  You can get a timer to have it go on and off to avoid forgetting. 
  • Temperature depends on species, but it is easier to change the whole rooms temperature than just the tank. Keep this in mind when deciding where to put the tank. 
  • Heating pads can make this easier if you live a colder climate. 
  • If your frog is aquatic you will need a water heater to make sure the water is not too cold. 

Feeding your frog. Most frog species will eat crickets, worms, and other insects, while larger frogs will also eat mice or goldfish as an occasional treat.

  • Your frogs size and age will help you to determine how much to feed. This also may vary by species. 
  • 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 change up your frogs food by adding mealworms, waxworms, and grasshoppers to see what your frog prefers. Aquatic frogs will eat frozen bloodworms or brine shrimp.

Keep your frog clean and hydrated. It is very important to provide your frog with clean water daily, as he will use it for both drinking and bathing.

  • Frogs absorb everything through their skin. If the tank or water is dirty this can cause illness or death
  • Be careful to watch for bloating, red belly or lethargy as this can be signs of environmental issues like an unclean tank. 
  • Clean out the tank every couple of days of feces, change out the water and look for mold. A clean tank is the easiest way to have healthy frogs! 

Watch your frog and learn its normal behaviors. You know your frog better than anyone as you see it everyday. If you see your frog is not acting normal, something may be wrong. Frogs are hard treat when ill, so it is best to help them not get sick in the first place. 

  • Is your frog skinny or lethargic, try giving them more food options and always dust with calcium and minerals. 
  • Keep the tank clean to avoid reg belly or red leg syndromes. Both can manifest in dirty tanks and make the frog lethargic and redness on the belly and or legs. 
  • If you are ever unsure go to your veterinarian for further guidance.