Unique Apartment Pets: Frogs

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Unique Apartment Pets: Frogs

Staff Writer · Nov 9, 2009

Many frogs are suited for life as apartment pets because of their small size and relatively simple care. However, interested apartment dwellers must be sure to do a little research to ensure proper care.

Selecting a Frog as a Pet

Unlike a mammal, frogs don’t tend to feel much attachment to their owners, but there are a few breeds of frogs that can make interaction quite a lot of fun. Avoid the overweight frogs without a lot of energy and instead look for thin frog breeds more suited to becoming interactive apartment pets, such as tree frogs and aquatic frogs. No matter which kind of frog catches your eye, do research on that specific breed before you adopt. Baby frogs in any breed are adorable, but they may grow up to be inactive, hard-to-feed pets. Some frogs need to be fed live mice, while others can live off of bugs. Determine what you’re willing to feed the pet and pick a frog that lives off of that kind of diet.

The Pet Frog Habitat

In general, tree frogs require a dry terrestrial tank pet frog habitat with synthetic gravel and some frog-approved furniture and plant life for play. The pet frog habitat won’t need full-spectrum lighting like reptiles’ habitats. Aquatic frogs require an aquarium like any fish, which you can decorate with aquatic obstacles to keep your frogs active. Keep the water clean and free of chlorine. You can use a filter but make sure your frog won’t get stuck in it.

Feeding Your Frogs

The diet of your new apartment pets varies depending on the exact breed, so be sure to look up what kind of creatures your frog must eat and how often it must eat. Some frogs can eat just a couple of times per week, while others must have food every day; they all need fresh water each day. The green tree frog can usually live off of a steady diet of live crickets and aphids. You can purchase a liquid vitamin supplement with which to coat the bugs to ensure your frogs get all of their essential nutrients.

Aquatic frogs enjoy a diet of brine shrimp, earthworms, bloodworms and feeder fish, which can also be coated with a vitamin supplement. Aquatic frogs need fresh food only once every two or three days.

Interacting with Your Frogs

Aquatic frogs should not be played with outside of their habitat, but, like fish and other aquatic apartment pets, they’re fun to watch in their tanks. They can sing and they float and swim in funny positions, making them a fun addition to any apartment. Tree and land frogs can be taken out of their pet frog habitat, but be careful not to let them hop away unsupervised. Inactive frogs may not do much, but more active frogs will hop and entertain. Just be sure to keep them on a flat surface (they may leave a little mess behind).

Frogs make excellent apartment pets as long as the apartment dweller does the research necessary to choose and care for an amiable breed. Depending on the breed and the health of the animal, you can expect your pet frogs to live between four and fifteen years.

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