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Choosing a Pet Frog

Are you looking for a pet that is small and cute? Believe it or not, a frog may be a good choice for you. For one thing, they’re quite easy to care for. They don’t cost a lot, and their tanks can make very pretty display pieces. They’re also really quite cute! As your Marion, IA vet, I am happy to offer great care for reptiles and exotics. I offer some advice on choosing a pet frog in this article.

Beginner Frogs

African dwarf frogs are a great choice for first-time frog owners. They live in water, which makes setting up their habitat quite easy. They also don’t need live food. Plus, they are very active. Another good choice is the Oriental fire-bellied toad. They are quite active, and, like the African dwarf frog, don’t get very big. Pac-man frogs are also a good beginner frog. These guys are a bit lazier than the others. This may be a good or bad thing, depending on whether or not you want a tiny couch potato as a pet. Also on the list is the White’s tree frog.

Things To Consider

Do some research before choosing a pet frog. You’ll want to consider your pet’s adult size, as well as the type of food he eats. Don’t be fooled by the size of a baby frog. Some frog species that start out tiny eventually get really big. Many larger frogs need 75-gallon tanks, which use more power, take up more space, and are harder to clean than smaller tanks. Your pet’s diet is another thing to think about. Many frogs eat things like worms and crickets. Needless to say, these guys probably aren’t good animal companions for people who are squeamish about creepy crawlies. Longevity is another thing to think about. Some frogs live over 30 years!

Frogs To Avoid

Stay away from poisonous frogs, especially if you’re a first-time frog owner. Also, don’t try to keep a wild frog as a pet. Many types of wild frogs are threatened or endangered. Some are on the brink of extinction. Taking even one of these frogs can endanger fragile wildlife populations. Plus, it’s illegal in many places. Wild frogs can also carry diseases. Play it safe, and go through a reputable pet store or dealer.

Do you have questions about frog care? Call me, your Marion, IA veterinarian, anytime!

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