General Info

  • Selecting your pet frogs:
    When selecting your pet, make sure it is not showing any signs of illness.  Once a frog gets sick it can be very hard to cure it, so you want to pick out a hardy one to begin with. Jumpy frogs are healthy frogs. If they don't make a run for it when they get grabbed, they may not be in good condition. Abnormal bone structure, skinniness, or deformation are tell-tale signs of malnutrition. Hazy or cloudy eyes are signs of infection.
  • Transporting your frog:
    Frogs are easily stressed when they are transported, so do this as quickly as possible, with as little handling as possible. This is a time when frogs tend to hurt themselves by panicking and smashing into walls.  Leave your frog alone for the first day in its new home to allow it to adjust to its new surroundings.
  • Quarantine:
    Once you get a frog, a period of quarantine is recommended. This applies only if you are buying a new frog to add to the one(s) you already have.  A quarantine period will determine that your new frog is healthy and doesn't bring an illness to the other frogs.  The best way quarantine your animal is to put it in a separate, smaller tank for at least a week before introducing it to your other frogs. You can get fairly cheap cover-equipped plastic housing units of various sizes for such purposes. These houses are also good to use in transporting frogs.
  • Water:
    Frogs spend a lot of time in water, and clean water is a must! Before you add that water to your frog tank, make sure it has been dechlorinated.  Purchase a bottle of dechlorinating solution from the nearest pet store. (any store that carries fish should have it).  Add the dechlorinating drops to the water for 24-48 hours before adding your frog. Stale water is always much safer than straight tap water.  Replace about one-third of the water regularly (a 100% water change could shock the frog's system).  Test the pH of the water with an aquarium pH test kit that is available at most pet stores.  It is important that the water maintain a pH level that is recommended for your frog.  Wash your hands before touching tank items and be sure to also clean the gravel (again, a siphon system that is used with aquariums will work well).  And finally, don't overfeed. Too many dead bugs or too much food flakes/debris can spoil, fouling the water and lead to infection.  
  • Handling:
    Handle frogs as little as possible. Some specimens are extraordinarily fragile and many problems stem from frogs that become stressed after being handled.  They end up hurting themselves by jumping into objects.

    Some species of frogs don't mix well with the salts that are on your skin, so wash your hands before handling your frogs.

    In addition, some frogs release a fluid as a form of self-defense when handled. This fluid comes from a reserve supply of body fluid in the frogs, which needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Frogs don't "drink" water, but rather absorb it through the skin, so it's important that the frog has access to water after handling.  This fluid can be toxic to people, so wash your hands immediately after handling a frog, as well.