Categories | Reptile Breeders | Frog Breeders
If you are willing to put in the amount of work required to care for them, a frog can be the perfect unusual pet. After all, how many people have their very own froggies? Read on for more.
Frogs are amphibian creatures that can make quite interesting pets. You should be careful about which frog you pick to keep as a pet, as some frogs can be quite active, while others are quite sedentary – just sitting there and not doing much at all. Also, some frogs grow to be quite large so this is something else that you have to keep in mind! Some frogs that can be kept as pets include the Dainty Tree Frog, the Green Tree Frog, the Spotted Marsh Frog, and the Southern Brown Tree Frog. Be aware that frogs can live for many years – up to 15 or more! – depending on the species so be aware of this when you are purchasing one.
The important thing about keeping frogs is making sure that the cage or enclosure that you are keeping them in is as close to their natural environment as possible. This means that your frog’s enclosure will differ according to the species. For example, some frogs need an aquatic environment, some need a half aquatic and half terrestrial environment, and others will need a fully terrestrial environment. You will also need to monitor the environment inside the enclosure to ensure that it meets your frog’s requirements and this includes constantly checking the temperature, humidity and daylight levels. It is not just as simple as getting the enclosure set up correctly though. Frogs are very sensitive to the environment and so the enclosure needs to be kept very clean with no traces of cleaning products left behind, and this can be a lot of work.
Frogs will live on a diet of insects including crickets, flies, mealworms, and even cockroaches. Crickets are the most commonly fed food, however. Some frogs can be tricked into eating dead insects but it is best to provide live insects, so you will need a reliable source of these. Generally speaking, frogs will eat ten to twenty percent of their body weight every couple of days.
Other Information about Frogs
Frogs are an exotic animal and, as such, you will need a permit or license to keep them. Contact the National Parks and Wildlife Authority in your state or territory to find out exactly what is required in order to meet legislation requirements. As well, you should make sure that any frog that you buy as a pet is captive bred and free of disease. This is important as the population of wild frogs is declining, and you do not want to contribute to the problem.
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