How to Care for Pet Frogs
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How to Care for Pet Frogs

The number of frogs you want to keep will largely determine the size of the pet’s terrarium. If you intend to have one to five green tree frogs, for example, an aquarium of ten-gallon capacity can adequately house the pets. The bottom of the terrarium will require a layering of topsoil, organic potting soil, or ground coconut fibers which must be always kept moist. If soil is to be used, live moss has to be used to prevent dirt from clinging to the frog’s body. Sphagnum moss can be used over a one-inch substrate layer of pea gravel. Frogs’ skin is very sensitive, so soil substrates with chemical substances like fertilizers have to be strictly avoided.

 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Pet Frogs

Like any other hobby, owning pet frogshas its own joys and pitfalls. Cost is one primary advantage of having this amphibian as a pet. The sizable initial investment will only be on a terrarium, an enclosure wherein this creature can be properly kept. The frogs themselves doesn’t cost that much compared to other household pets.

In return, a pet frog can provide a better appreciation of the ecological balance needed to sustain living things. In order to maintain the health of this pet, its natural habitat has to be re-created in a terrarium. Involving school kids in this project of constructing its habitat, for instance, will teach them first-hand the inter-related factors of a balanced ecosystem. Also, these children will become knowledgeable on the reproduction of this amphibian, particularly if the hobby involves growing tadpoles to full-grown frogs.

However, some caution has to be exercised in choosing the frog species to be kept as a pet. A lot of these amphibians are on the verge of extinction because of the degradation of their habitat in the wild. Improper caring of this pet can likewise lead to the spread of frog diseases that can contribute in the decimation of the local population of this amphibious creature. Imported frogs, when set loose, can also become an invasive species detrimental to the local natural environment and its denizens.

What You Need to Do to Keep Them

To keep your pet frogs happy, you will need to bring in plants, rocks, or driftwood within the terrarium. The plants will serve as perching places for the tree frogs. As for ground-dwelling frogs, the rocks and driftwood would be ideal as their hiding places.

Supplies and Costs

American green tree frogs are priced between seven and twenty dollars at pet stores. The price will really depend on the species with some selling below five dollars and others costing more than ten dollars. All told, fifty dollars will be enough to start off frog-keeping as a hobby, including the terrarium, its substrate and other requirements.

Supplying food to pet frogs won’t be much of a problem. These amphibians thrive on ordinary crickets, flies, and other bugs. Pet nourishment such as dry rodent food can be sourced from pet stores wherein some mineral or vitamin supplements suitable for frogs can also be purchased.

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