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Pet Frog Care
Reptiles, Amphibians, and Invertebrates
An Identification and Care Guide
Patricia P. Bartlett, Richard D. Bartlett, Billy Griswold, R.D. Bartlett

One of the questions I get all the time is queries from people who want to identify some frog that they bought at a pet store. Often frogs are mislabeled, often pet shop owners are just as baffled by a shipment as the shoppers. This book is a pictorial identification guide and basic husbandry manual covering more than 250 species, subspecies, and color morphs of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates, all of which are species most commonly found in pet stores.
Care and Breeding of Popular Tree Frogs
A Practical Manual for the Serious Hobbyist (General Care and Maintenance of Series)
Philippe de Vosjoli, Robert Mailloux, Drew Ready

I got this one at a Reptile and Amphibian show...it looks like a good resource for anyone planning on owning any tree frogs. The descriptions of care are very clear, and it even deals with diseases and disorders that your frog may encounter.
Written by experienced and recognized frog herpetoculturists, this book covers the most necessary basics - everything from how to select a healthy animal, how to diagnose and treat an ill one, how to set up a frog's vivarium, what to feed, and how to breed the frogs.
It is written for a beginner frog keeper and focuses on species specifically recommended to beginners - green tree frogs, White's tree frogs, white-lipped tree frogs, and red-eyed tree frogs.
I don't have one of the popular tree-frogs at home, but this book has been highly recommended from others who do and it has a lot of pictures and information that looks like it's a great resource for the new tree-frog pet owner.
Breeding and Keeping Frogs and Toads
(Completely Illustrated with Color Photos Showing Breeding and Keeping)
W.P. Mara

This one is probably my favorite general pet care book. It's full of really great pictures and has glossy pages (presumably because your handling wet frogs?) and has some very clear basic descriptions of frog care.
Probably the most exhaustive section on Frog Illness that I've been able to find yet. This one ends up being the book I refer to most. It seems to be a pretty comprehensive resource for the basic pet-care needs.
Poison Dart Frogs
(Success With An Amphibian Pet)
William Samples

For the hardcore herp fans, this book appears to be one of the best ones out there when it comes to reference books for poison dart frog owners. It includes step by step instructions for breeding, raising eggs, care of tadpoles, food, terrarium, and so on. The intended audience clearly includes breeders, not just the casual pet owner, so it may be too technical for beginners. (That said, I really don't recommend poison dart frogs for "beginners" anyway.)
Amphibian Medicine and Captive Husbandry

Kevin M. Wright, Brent R. Whitaker, Kevin N. Wright

If you're even considering this one, chances are there's really absolutely nothing that *I* can teach you, but I'm going to list this one in the recommended reading list anyway since this is, after all, a frog site!
This book comes with high recommendations from aspiring veterinarians, but any serious herpetologist or serious breeder of captive amphibians would find information in this book useful. It covers all sorts of detailed bits about care, feeding and breeding of amphibians, as well as diagnosis of all sorts of diseases that they can get as well as methods of treatment.
Frogs, Toads, and Treefrogs
Everything About Selection, Care, Nutrition, Breeding, and Behavior
R. D. Bartlett, Patricia P. Bartlett

A popular soft-cover book that's easy enough for kids to understand as well. Lots of pictures and a good basic introduction to pet care information.
Frogs & Toads As A New Pet
A Complete Introduction
John Coborn

Good basic introduction for the beginner frog owner. This has most of what you need to know, including some good photos, a section on setting up housing, some basic health care...that sort of thing.
The Proper Care of Amphibians

John Coborn

Another slightly heftier book compared to his other title, it also has some info on salamanders and newts. Thick pocket book with lots-o-info and pictures.
Keeping and Breeding Amphibians

Chris Mattison

Bigger sized more general info, this deals more with different species of frogs rather than health guides. The illness section is only about two pages, but it offers a lot in the way of good information on each species of frog. It also deals with both frogs and other amphibians such as salamanders and newts.
Frogs & Toads
A Complete Introduction
Jay Pyrom

Thin, but for the beginner its a pretty good resource for basic pet care. Has a lot of photos too and I've seen it in several bookstores..
Poison Frogs of the Family Dendrobatidae
Jewels of the Rainfores
Jerry J. Walls

The pictures in this book are fabulous. This oversized book is rich with color glossy photographs of the most amazing amphibians on earth. As a pet care book, I understand the book is lacking in some technical detail that will have serious herp-breeders frustrated, but as a coffee table book full of glorious images this book really fits the bill. As a pet care manual, skip this one and save your money.
Breeding Food Animals Live Food for Vivarium Animals
63 Black-and White photographs and drawings
Ursula Friederich, Werner Volland

This book talks about the basics of breeding animals to feed the growing number of fish, reptiles, amphibians, predatory insects, and birds being kept as pets. This actually isn't specifically about frogs, but since many frogs eat more than just bugs, and in fact eat things like mice and so on, this book seemed relevant and worthwhile to list. If you want to look into breeding your own feeder animals to fix breakfast for your favorite croaker, this book is an excellent resource.

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