Housing Your Pet Frog
Unlike many other types of herps, like alligators or snakes, frogs have the
wonderful ability to adapt to different situations. They can live long lives given
proper care from an outdoor pond to a large tank!
Creating the proper tank environment, however, requires a bit of thought. This section is dedicated to
helping you find the best tank set-up for your frog.
Ideally, your frogs housing will depend on its
natural habitat. Because your frog tank will need to be waterproof, and since frogs,
unlike many reptiles, can be easily damaged when jumping against the walls of a new
environment, it is generally recommended that you obtain an aquarium from your pet
store rather than go through the trouble of building one yourself. (Unless you know
alot about building glass tanks)
Aquarium tanks are plentiful at pet stores that specialize in fish. There are four types
of standard tank setups for frog care which you will need to consider:
(click on each one to read more!)
This setup is best suited for frogs and toads which prefer dryer climates. It is
the simplest aquarium setup for amphibians.
The totally aquatic frog will have essentially the same setup
you would have for fish, an aquarium with water in it.
This tends to be the most common set-up needed, which is half
water and half land-mass aquarium set-up. There are numerous ways
to go about setting up a nice half-and half tank.
Tree frogs spend most of their time up high in tree branches
in their natural habitat do well in taller tanks which better
suit their instincts.
Click here for temporary arrangements - what to do when transporting frogs, or temporary holding tanks for cleaning and isolation (quarantine) purposes.
Of course, the very best setup is to have a pond of your very own, if your lucky enough to live in an area suitable for frogs!
If you do choose to build a pond, here are some tips:
Many frogs cannot breed in a pond with fish. 'Gold fish pollution' seems to be a major factor in the breeding habits of various species. If in doubt, avoid adding goldfish to your pond.
Amphibians that can be purchased in pond supply catalogs to be put in ponds are usually not native. The worst examples are cute little tadpoles that grow up to be bullfrogs, Rana
catesbeiana. A bullfrog will eat anything that moves and will fit in its
mouth, including the native frogs and other endangered species. Be careful when importing frogs to your area because the effects can be devastating! Your best bet is the old saying: "If you build it, they will come!"
If indeed the frog species that end up in your pond are native, you needn't worry about "saving" them from cold spells that naturally occur in your neighborhood. There are species of frogs that hibernate through the winter when needed, so it should not be a major concern.
By all means avoid using pesticides in your yard when you have a pond!
I don't know much about Pond setups (our yard is waaaaay too small!), but you will find some good pond information in the links listed below:
- Frog Force, Rules O' Froggie "Hunting" Before you go out into ponds and streams looking for frogs and tadpoles for your pond, you need to read this important message that will keep you and the frogs safe!
- Make a Pond for Wildlife Want to attract amphibians to your backyard? Follow these easy instructions from the National Wildlife Federation to build your own frog pond. A great activity for families and classrooms!
Pond Dip This site is for children who have a wildlife pond in their garden or who would like a pond. The
site has been created by children for children.
Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program This National Wildlife Federation website provides general information on providing habitat components and building a pond area. The program encourages everyone - homeowner, teacher, community leader - to plan their landscape with the needs of wildlife in mind. Today, with over 20,000 habitats certified in the program, NWF provides information and assistance not only to homeowners, but also to schools, businesses, and community groups that are interested in creating wildlife and environmentally friendly landscapes.
Internet Pond Society
Native Australian Frogs with great info on How to build a really cheap frog pond in your garden!
Pete's Pond Page
Scott's Pond page
International Waterlily Society
Happy Frog "Botanical" Garden Center Mostly about their Happy Frog Bio-Tube filter for aquatic ponds, but it has a cute froggy logo, and there are a whole lot of links about pond-care to be found here too.
Pond Dip This site is a BRITISH site for children who have a wildlife pond in their garden or who would like a pond. The
site has been created by children for children.
Ipswich Frog Web information on raising tadpoles and making your backyard frog friendly.
How to Raise Tadpoles Check this Frogland section for more info on tadpoles and pond life.
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