Care Sheets

Care Sheet For Frogs

Care Sheet For Frogs

Care Sheet For Frogs

There are well over 4,000 species of Frogs(Care Sheet For Frogs ) on the planet and they contain some of the most fascinating creatures of any amphibian genus. There are dozens of Frog species which are incredibly popular with reptile hobbyists. At Big Apple Pet Supply we sell our own captive bred Frogs and we offer a select number of species that we found to be the best for captive care. This care sheet is designed to provide information on caring for Frogs in general. There are some differences between the variety of Frogs that we carry so please keep in mind that this is a single care sheet providing a basic outline of how to keep your Frog happy and healthy. Many species of Frogs have entire books written on their natural history, care, breeding, etc. and we encourage you to research your Frog’s specific needs. **NOTE: See the end of this Care Sheet for specific species information.**

Housing
Baby and juvenile Frogs can be set up in an enclosure as small as a 10 gallon (20″ x 10″ x 12″H) but adults should be housed in a larger enclosure of 20 gallons (30″ x 12″ x 12″H) depending on their full adult size and whether they are arboreal or terrestrial. Some Frog species can be housed together and some can only be housed alone. Some Frogs are escape artists, so a secure screen top is definitely advisable to keep your Frog from escaping the enclosure.

Substrate
Substrate choices vary by species. Most people use a mix of these beddings: coconut fiber, such as Zoo Med Eco Earth; cypress mulch, such as Zoo Med Forest Floor; Big Apple’s Imported Premium Grade Sphagnum Moss; and peat moss. Some people find that moist paper towels work well too, and are convenient for easy clean up in small enclosures.

Heating
Frogs need a thermal gradient which varies by species but consists of a warm side around 85° Fahrenheit and a cool side around 76° F. The best way to heat your Frog’s enclosure is with a combination of a heat mat and ceramic heat emitter. We recommend the Intellitemp Heat Mat and Big Apple Black Heat Infrared Ceramic Heat Emitter. The heat mat and ceramic heat emitter should be on one side while the other side should not have any heat source. We recommend controlling the ceramic emitter with a thermostat, such as the BAH-500 or BAH-1000DC, and monitoring the temperatures with a thermometer.

Lighting
Frogs in general should have UV light to keep them healthy. We recommend Mystic 10.0 UV Reptile Light Fluorescent Bulbs. Don’t forget that you must change your UV bulb every 6 months in order to maintain proper UVA/UVB.
Shelter
Frogs do not need a specific hiding place per se but they do need decor items that they can utilize to feel secure. We recommend a combination of cork bark, driftwood and/or bamboo tubes. At Big Apple Pet Supply, we carry a variety of furnishings to help you create the perfect habitat for your Frogs. If you choose to make your own furnishings, please make sure they are sturdy enough to avoid collapsing and crushing your Frog.

Shedding
Like all reptiles and amphibians, Frogs shed their entire skin all at once. Providing a moist shelter or shed box is an effective way to ensure your Frog has the humidity necessary for shedding. The create a shed box, add moistened Big Apple’s Imported Premium Grade Sphagnum Moss or Zoo Med Forest Floor Bedding to your Frog’s hide box. If your Frog has retained skin after shedding you can place the Frog in a plastic container lined with warm, wet paper towels with the container lid on. The high humidity in the container should loosen the skin enough for it to come off on its own.

Water
It is essential that you provide your Frog with a large water bowl. The bowl should be large enough that the Frog can soak its entire body in but not so big that it might have a difficult time getting in or out of the bowl. Place the water dish on the cool side of the cage so that it does not evaporate quickly. Please note that Frogs often use their water bowl to defecate so plan to change water daily. If you use tap water you must use a dechlorinating product such as Reptisafe Water Conditioner. Other options are purified or filtered water. Most Frog keepers say the best water to use with Frogs comes from water that has been run through a reverse osmosis filtration system. Do NOT use distilled water.

Food
Frogs eat mostly what is in front of them but this does vary by the species. Most Frogs enjoy crickets, earth worms, silk worms, waxworms, night crawlers, roaches and superworms. We carry a variety of live feeders, delivered right to your door!

Vitamins
It is important to feed high quality live feeders to your Frog. You should coat your crickets and mealworms with vitamin and calcium powders, such as such as Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3 or Rep-Cal Calcium, before feeding them to your frog.

Cage Maintenance
Frogs require minimal maintenance. You can use one of our scoopers to clean waste when defecation occurs. The bedding should be completely thrown out and the entire cage, including all accessories, should be washed with hot water at least once every four to five months. If using paper towels, change all paper towels at least once a week. Do not use cleaning chemicals of any kind as Frogs are particularly sensitive and this could cause serious ramifications for your Frog.

Hibernation
Hibernation is natural for some Frogs but we highly suggest that you heat your Frogs throughout the winter so that they continue to eat, drink and be active. A general reduction in feeding behavior is normal during winter months due to temperature fluctuations in your house. As long as they keep fairly consistent weight it is generally not an issue and normal feeding typically resume in the spring.

Species Specific Information:


Budgetts Frogs
Adult Size: About 4 inches
Food: Crickets, mealworms, giant mealworms, super worms, earthworms, wax worms, butterworms, small grasshoppers and very occasionally fish and pinkies
Day Temperature: 78° F
Night Temperature: 68° F
UV Bulb: Required
Enclosure Style: Terrestrial with lots of plants
Water: Shallow – 2/3 land & 1/3 water (Or very large shallow water dish)

Fantasy, Horned & Pacman Frogs
Adult Size: 4 to 6 inches
Food: Crickets, mealworms, giant mealworms, super worms, earthworms, wax worms, butterworms, small grasshoppers and very occasionally fish and pinkies
Day Temperature: 82° F
Night Temperature: 75° F
UV Bulb: Required
Enclosure Style: Terrestrial with lots of plants
Water: Shallow – 1/2 land & 1/2 water (Or very large shallow water dish)

Giant Pixie Frogs (African Bullfrog)
Adult Size: 4 inches (females) to 9 inches (males)
Food: crickets, mealworms, giant mealworms, super worms, earthworms, wax worms, butterworms, small grasshoppers and very occasionally fish and pinkies
Day Temperature: 82° F
Night Temperature: 75° F
UV Bulb: Required
Enclosure Style: Terrestrial with lots of plants
Water: Shallow – 1/2 land & 1/2 water (Or very large shallow water dish)

Red Eye Tree Frogs
Adult Size: 2 to 3 inches
Food: Crickets, mealworms, earthworms, butterworms, small grasshoppers and occasionally wax worms
Day Temperature: 80° F
Night Temperature: 72° F
UV Bulb: Required
Enclosure Style: Arboreal with lots of plants
Water: large shallow water dish but must be misted regularly as humidity should be 60 to 70 percent

Tomato Frogs
Adult Size: 2.5 to 4 inches
Food: crickets, mealworms, earthworms, butterworms, small grasshoppers and occasionally wax worms
Day Temperature: 80° F
Night Temperature: 70° F
UV Bulb: Required
Enclosure Style: Terrestrial with lots of plants
Water: Large shallow water dish but must be misted regularly as humidity should be about 60 percent

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