Did you know...
- Amphibians include frogs, toads, salamanders and caecilians.
- The word "amphibian" means double life--many species spend part of their life in aquatic (water) and terrestrial (land) environment.
- Hardier species as pets include Fire-bellied toads, Pac-Man frogs, White's tree frogs, Mud Puppies, African Clawed Frogs and Fire-bellied newts.
- Always wear gloves and face protection when cleaning amphibian cages to prevent zoonotic disease exposure.
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- Diets are species-specific. When feeding insects, be sure all prey items are properly gut loaded with a balanced
feeding formula for 3-4 days prior to being fed to your pet amphibian.
- Be sure to provide an ideal-sized, safe enclosure, proper temperature gradient, proper humidity and/or water quality,
cage location, stocking density and hiding opportunities to help minimize stress.
- Usually the caging costs more than the pet. Amphibians commonly range from $5 to $40.
- Do not use distilled water or chlorinated water because they can kill amphibians. Bottled spring water is best for your amphibians.
- Health tips: Amphibians are most sensitive to environmental toxins and husbandry shortcomings. Be sure to research the
biological needs of the species of amphibians you keep, prior to bringing them home.
- Schedule regular check-ups and parasite screening. Be sure to provide full spectrum lighting
(UV-B range included) for proper bone development. Avoid mixing species.
- Salamanders can live over 10 years. Some of the larger frogs can live more than 20 years.