Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic of Roanoke

Paul Stewart, DVM

(540) 989-4464


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.