A guide to the pros and cons of frogs as pets, and some considerations for beginning owners.
Pros and Cons:
- Frogs in captivity are quite long lived (with proper care), so be
prepared for a long term commitment. Average life spans are typically 4-15
years, although some have been known to live longer.
- Keeping their enclosures clean can be a lot of work. Many frogs have
fairly simple light, temperature, and humidity requirements, but they are
very sensitive to contaminants and waste in their environment.
- Some people find them boring - some of the smaller frogs are quite
active. However, many of the larger frogs are quite sedentary and don't move
- Need to handle insects to feed most frogs. Some of the larger frogs will
even eat pinky mice.
- It can be difficult to find someone to care for your frogs if you plan
on traveling at all (keeping in mind you could have your frog for years, you
may eventually need someone to look after your frogs for a significant
length of time).
As with any other kind of pet, doing lots of research prior to deciding on
the type of frog that best suits your needs is the best way to make sure you and
your frog will be happy.
Set up a tank with everything needed before
getting a frog.
- Grown size of frogs. Some of the smallest frogs you might see in a pet
store grow into giants. Sometimes their name adds to the confused
expectations - "pixie" frogs, which sound like they should be small, are
actually African bullfrogs which grow to be 8-9 inches long and very fat.
They get their cute name from their latin name, Pyxicephalus adspersus.
- The kind of tank they will need - aquatic, terrestrial, arboreal, or
semi-aquatic (or half land and half water, which is probably the trickiest
to set up and one of the most common types of tank needed for frogs).
- The type of food required - many frogs need a variety of insects, and
the larger types can even eat pinkie mice
- Does the frog need to hibernate?
African Clawed Frogs
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