Frog species that you can keep as a pet

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Although they are amphibians, some species of frog are becoming increasingly popular as a pet for children. The main reason is that they are easy to care for and aesthetically there are those who find them more pleasant than toads (although toads are a type of frogs and generally have more terrestrial habits than the rest of their congeners). For this reason, in this article we will expose the most common frogs when choosing a pet..

Obviously frogs need a terrarium. Here we will give you basic instructions to have a simple and affordable terrarium, suitable for people who want to start in the exciting world of amphibians.

Read this AnimalWised article and find out about some of the species of frog that you can keep as pets.

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  1. The terrarium
  2. What species of frog will we choose?
  3. Tree frogs
  4. Aquatic frogs
  5. School
  6. Toads
  7. Arrow frogs
  8. Basic care of frogs and toads

The terrarium

Obviously a terrarium for frogs must be closed so that the frogs do not jump and can escape from above. Another reason is to make the temperature easier to control.

The dimensions of the terrarium will be subject to the size of the frog or frogs that inhabit it. I suggest starting with a single specimen to acquire the necessary experience to be able to enjoy a colony of batrachians in the future.When we refer to the size of the frog we do it thinking about the size once adult, not when we adopt it which can be very small.

A standard conditions for a frog terrarium would be a temperature of 26-27º, and that at night he did not fall below 20º.

Frogs have semi-permeable skin, which means that they can become dehydrated if the environment in the terrarium dries. For this reason, it will be convenient that the substrate of the terrarium (coconut fiber, for example) is humid and has a container with water where it can be submerged.

From time to time we will moisten the environment with a spray bottle. We must always use water without chlorine. If we leave tap water in a container for 24 hours, the chlorine is eliminated by itself. A minimum terrarium for a frog should measure 40 x 40 x 60 cm, always being taller than wide or long.

What species of frog will we choose?

Before thinking about a frog as a pet it is important to emphasize that they should not be chosen Never endangered species, and unless it is handled by experts, one should not opt ​​for a poisonous frog as a member of the family..

Finally, it is common sense that in the event of not being able to continue caring for a pet, whatever it is, it is taken to a specialized shelter. This is especially relevant if we talk about species that could be invasive in some habitats and cause environmental problems. Once we are clear about these concepts we will have a multitude of species to adopt.

  • Tree frogs. Perhaps the easiest to care for and with precious specimens.
  • Aquatic frogs. They do not require a substrate since they are always submerged, but these terrariums are more difficult to clean.
  • Arrow frogs. There are very spectacular and very toxic specimens. Pets only for experts.
  • Scratches. They are very peculiar amphibians.
  • Toads. They are not recommended for neophytes because their skin exudes toxic substances.

The feeding frogs it will be subject to the species. The vast majority consume insects alive (crickets), but there are others that consume I think of turtle, or specific foods already prepared. The vet should better inform you about each explicit feeding for your frog, foreshortening or toad.

Tree frogs

Green tree frog

The green tree frog, Litoria cerulea, also called a chubby frog, is a very popular pet because of its gentle nature, its size, and because its voracious appetite recognizes the humans who feed it and interacts with them to request more food. The vast majority of frogs do not interact and hide in fear when we approach.

It is precisely called chubby because of its tendency to obesity because it does not have to exercise in order to eat. Its usual measurement is 10 cm. It has a beautiful green color and a very nice appearance, but depending on the ambient temperature it can be brown.

This pet can get up to 16 years in captivity, and even domestic specimens of up to 20 years of existence have been registered. Its life is not that long in the wild. This species comes from Australia. Also discover in AnimalWised how the terrarium of the green tree frog should be.

Red-eyed green frog

The red eyed green frog, Agalychnis callidryas, is another tree frog very showy and popular. Its area of ​​distribution is from Mexico to Colombia. The females are larger than the males, being able to measure about 7 cm in the case of the females. It eats insects.

His skin is slightly toxic. Terrariums for tree frogs should have a moist coconut fiber substrate, flat stones, natural or artificial plants and a sloping trunk so that the frogs can climb the slope. If you have several copies, a space equivalent to 5 extra liters per copy must be calculated.

Aquatic frogs

Bull frog

The Bull frog, Lithobates catesbeianus, is a large frog that has spread throughout the world. It is currently considered an invasive species. From North America it has spread to Eurasia and other areas of America.

Despite this it has become a common water frog in terrariums because they are very easy to care. It happens, however, that they grow a lot, the aquarium is too small for them and many people get rid of them. Some grow to 46 cm and weigh 1 kg.

At the bottom of the terrarium you should put aquarium sand, 15-20 cm of water without chlorine and a protruding stone for when the frog decides to get out of the water.


Cranwell's School

The cranwell's frog, Ceratophrys cranwelli, is an amphibian typical of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. They are common as a domestic pet. They are usually called "Pacman frogs " since with their huge mouth they catch everything that moves by their side, as in the popular video game.

They can measure up to 13 cm and weigh 500 gr. They feed on insects, small mice, small fish, other frogs, etc. Since they swallow everything that happens next to them, many pets of this type have a premature end to swallowing excessively bulky things.


Toads are distinguished from frogs by their rough skin that many times exude toxins to repel its predators. They come in different sizes and are distributed throughout the planet except for both poles..

Fire bellied toad

The fire bellied toad, Bombina orientalis, is typical of Siberia, China and Korea. Its size ranges between 4 and 5 cm. It is a common pet for its beautiful colors.

Arrow frogs

Arrow frogs are very showy frogs that have in common that they are poisonous. They usually live in the tropics and are small in size. There are many species.

Blue arrow frog

The blue arrow frog, Dendrobates azureus, is typical of Suriname. The indigenous people use the segregation of their skin to poison their arrows and darts.

These types of frogs should only be handled by experts and adults. Neophyte hobbyists should refrain from adopting these poisonous species.

Basic care of frogs and toads

The terrarium hygiene must be scrupulous, since ambient humidity, temperature, and the permanently moist skin of frogs and toads, favors the appearance of pathogens.

Should be used chlorine-free water for everything related to the humidity of the terrarium.

Must be disinfect the terrarium with bleach once a month, after which it will rinse well with water without chlorine. You can also clean in the dishwasher, if possible, the terrarium and all the toys and elements of it (feeder, drinker and toys of the frogs and toads).

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