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Beginner’s Guide: How to Take Care of Pet Frogs

Getting a frog as a pet is not easy as getting a dog or a cat. Although frogs do not demand your attention unlike dogs and cats do, they still require proper care. And to find out how to take care of a pet frog, continue reading this.

Frogs can make a good pet, but you need to consider a few things, including proper feeding and handling.

So, how do you take care of pet frogs? 

  1. Get familiar with your frog

To understand pet frogs better, you need to read more about them. You need o know about their diet, habitat, restrictions, and more. If you are currently planning to have a frog as a pet, here are a few great options for beginners:

  • American bullfrogs are one of the popular frogs to own as pets. Although they have a voracious appetite, they are fun to own.
  • Pacman frogs are large terrestrial frogs with odd features, similar to a game called “Pacman”. It has a large and round-shaped mouth. These frogs have a sedentary lifestyle, so they require low maintenance. 
  •  White’s tree frogs are the easiest tree frogs to take care of. They are active, easy to feed, and can tolerate human handling.
  • African dwarf frogs are small and active frogs. Similar to tree frogs, the African dwarf frogs are also the easiest frogs for beginners to take care of. Plus, these frogs do not eat live food or special need enclosure with aquatic preferences.
  1. Know your frog’s size and space requirements

Knowing the size of the fully-grown frog you are planning to own will help you determine the size of its enclosure or tank. So, when choosing its home, make sure you know how big it will become when it reaches maturity.

Just take note, the larger the frog becomes, the bigger the size and space it needs for its enclosure.

  1.  Know the frog’s diet

Frogs have different diets and feeding schedules.

Baby frogs are fed with small prey. They require feeding twice a day with 5 to 10 insects per feeding. Baby frogs have a high metabolism and must be fed at least twice a day for their continuing growth.

Check these baby foods for baby frogs:

  • Ants
  • Mosquitoes
  • Redworms
  • Gnats
  • Fruit flies

Adult frogs eat 2 to 3 times per week, depending on their size. Generally, the smaller the adult frog is, the frequent it needs to eat, and the larger the pet frog is, the lesser they need feeding.

Check these adult frog foods:

  • Crickets
  • Mealworms
  • Grasshoppers
  • Brine shrimp
  • Locusts, 
  • Pinky mice
  • Fuzzy mice

When feeding your adult frog, make sure the prey is not oversize. The size of their food should not be bigger than the size between their eyes. 

The Don’ts When Feeding Frogs

  • Do not feed your frogs with human food because it may contain spices and preservatives harmful to frogs.
  • Do not feed your frogs with wild-caught prey and fruits.
  • Do not feed them with food more than what is recommended.
  1.  Create the right habitat for your frog

The frog’s enclosure is different from the usual dog and cat cage; the former has requirements.

  • You should know what type of tank you need for your frog.
  • You should know where the best area to place the tank is.
  • You need to use substrate material as the ground inside the tank.
  • You should know the right temperature and lighting inside the frog’s tank.
  • You should add furniture for your frog’s habitat.
  1.  Ensure a yearly visit to the vet

Make sure to bring your frog to the vet every year to ensure they are healthy.

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