Caring for a Pet Frog

If you are looking for a unique pet, but have limited space and time, a frog may be a good choice for you. Frogs can be a great match for the right person, but are definitely not the right pet for everyone. Your local vet Beaverton goes over some of the basics of caring for these cute little amphibians in this article.

Choosing A Frog

There are many species of frogs commonly sold as pets, with the African dwarf frog being arguably the most popular. Some other popular choices are the Pacman Frog, the White’s Tree Frog, and Oriental fire-bellied toads. Avoid poisonous frogs, as they are most definitely not for beginners, and are often illegal. You should also never capture wild frogs as pets, because many species are endangered. Some areas have legal restrictions on owning various types of frogs, so your best bet is to see what options your local pet stores offer.

Habitat

Different types of frogs have different requirements as far as habitat, but in most cases, an aquarium will be the best choice. Some frogs, such as the African dwarf frog, are aquatic, while others are terrestrial. Be sure to thoroughly research your frog before purchasing it and setting up its new home. Another thing to keep in mind is your frog’s full adult size. A pixie frog, for example, despite its rather misleading name, can grow to be about eight inches long!

Food

Feeding a pet frog is not something for the squeamish, so if you despise handling live insects, you may want to rethink your choice of pet. Generally, frogs will eat crickets, worms, and other squiggly things. Larger frogs will need larger critters to eat, so if you get a big frog, you may need to feed your pet goldfish, guppies, or even mice. Even if you’ve got a strong enough stomach for giving your pet creepie crawlies at lunchtime, you’ll need to consider options for what will happen if you go on vacation. If you don’t have friends or family members who are up to the task of frog sitting, you might find yourself in a bit of a bind.

Entertainment Factor

One thing about frogs that often disappoints new owners is that frogs, especially the most interesting looking ones, don’t really do much. If you’re looking for an interactive, fun pet, a frog may not be the best choice for you.

Commitment

Just like any other pet, a frog does require commitment. Many people are surprised to find that frogs live much longer than expected, with some species living well over a decade.

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