So you want a Pet Frog?

Have you been dreaming of a Pet Frog? There are hundreds of species of frogs in the world – there’s certainly a perfect pet frog for you! Many frogs make great pets! Josh’s Frogs breeds many different kinds of pet frogs, and has the knowledge and first hand experience to help you choose the right pet frog for you!

Some of the most popular pet frogs on the market are poison dart frogs, tree frogs, reed frogs, Yellow Spotted Climbing Toads, Solomon Island leaf frogs, and mantellas. While all of these make great pet frogs, some are better suited as a first frog than others.

Poison Dart Frogs

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Maintenance – Poison dart frogs have a moderate level of routine maintenance compared to many other species, largely due to the regular misting and plant care required with a naturalistic vivarium.

Cost – Poison dart frogs do have a higher initial startup cost compared to many other frogs, due to the necessity of constructing them a naturalistic vivarium, and the higher individual costs of the animals. Long term costs are fairly low. Many of our customers will purchase a dart frog kit from us, then let the recipient pick out their frogs after the holidays.

Feeding – It is moderately easy to feed poison dart frogs. Most species are microphagus – they specialize in eating live insects 1/8″ or smaller. Flightless fruit flies are a staple feeder insect. Some pet stores carry fruit flies, but many do not. You may need to culture your own fruit flies.

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Handleability – Poison dart frogs should not be handled. All captive bred poison dart frogs are harmless and nontoxic, but they do have thin, easily damaged skin. Poison dart frogs make great display animals, but should not be handled.

Visibility / Boldness – All regularly available poison dart frogs are diurnal, and will be active during the day. Some species can be very shy, barely being seen at all. Some species are the picture of boldness, spending virtually all of their time in plain sight.

Noise – Many species of poison dart frogs can make noise. The intensity and loudness varies greatly depending on species.

To learn more about keeping poison dart frogs as pets, please visit our poison dart frog care sheets. Ready to purchase your new pet frogs? Check out the healthy, captive bred pet poison dart frogs for sale at Josh’s Frogs!

 

Mantellas

Maintenance – Mantellas are generally kept in a naturalistic vivarium. Requiring misting 1-2 times a day and clean water, mantellas require a moderate level of maintenance.

Cost – Mantellas are similar to dart frogs, in that initial startup costs may be high, but long term costs are very low compared to many other pets. Like dart frogs, mantellas also make great pet frogs to gift on Christmas!

Feeding – Like dart frogs, mantellas are microphagus and require food under 1/8″ in size. Typically, they are fed 1/8″ crickets or fruit flies – both of which may or may not be carried at your local pet store. You may have to culture fruit flies for your pet mantella frogs at home.

Handleability – Captive bred mantellas are harmless and nontoxic, but should not be handled, due to their delicate skin. Mantellas are best treated as display animals. similar to tropical fish.

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Visibility / Boldness – Mantellas are active during the day, and are generally out and about. They are visible most of the time, making them a fun pet frog to watch.

Noise – Mantellas will call during the day. This call is of a moderate volume, and rather pleasing.

To learn more about keeping mantellas as pets, please visit our mantella care sheets. Think mantella frogs are the perfect pet frogs for you? Check out the healthy, captive bred mantellas for sale at Josh’s Frogs!

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Amazon Milk Frogs

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Maintenance – Amazon Milk Frogs will need to be misted 1-2 times a day, require clean water daily, and should have their enclosure cleaned every 1-2 weeks.

Cost – Amazon Milk Frogs have a moderate initial startup cost, and are generally relatively inexpensive pets. Milk frogs cost very little money to maintain and feed.

Feeding – Amazon Milk Frogs will consume live crickets that are easily available at virtually every pet store. Delivery of live foods right to your door is available via JoshsFrogs.com. Dubia roaches, waxworms, black soldier fly larvae, and smaller hornworms are sometimes accepted.

Handleability – While tree frogs should not be handled frequently, this species tolerate occasional, gentle handling. Handling should be limited to no more than 5-10 minutes once a week or so, and should always be supervised.

Visibility / Boldness – Amazon Milk Frogs are nocturnal, and will spend most of the day inactive and sleeping on the glass or leaves in the terrarium. If you’re a night owl, tree frogs might be the perfect pet frog for you!

Noise – Male Amazon Milk Frogs can be noisy. If you’re a light sleeper, seriously take this into consideration.

To learn more about keeping poison dart frogs as pets, please visit our tree frog care sheets. Ready to buy some pet tree frogs? Check out the healthy, captive bred tree frogs for sale at Josh’s Frogs!

 

Red Eyed Tree Frogs

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Maintenance – Red Eyed Tree Frogs will need to be misted 1-2 times a day, require clean water daily, and should have their enclosure cleaned every 1-2 weeks.

Cost – Red Eyed Tree Frogs have a moderate initial startup cost, and are generally relatively inexpensive pets.

Feeding – Red Eyed Tree Frogs will primarily consume live crickets that are easily available at virtually every pet store, as well as online at JoshsFrogs.com.

Handleability – While tree frogs should not be handled frequently, many species tolerate occasional, gentle handling. Limit handling of your pet red eyed tree frog to 5-10 minutes once a week. These make great ‘hands off’ pets, but should never be considered a pet to be handled frequently.

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Visibility / Boldness – Tree frogs are nocturnal, and will spend most of the day inactive and sleeping on the glass or leaves in the terrarium. If you’re a night owl, tree frogs might be the perfect pet frog for you!

Noise – Red Eyed Tree Frogs will call and make noise. It’s not super loud, but it’s not quiet either.

To learn more about keeping Red Eyed Tree Frogs as pets, please visit our tree frog care sheets. Ready to buy some pet tree frogs? Check out the healthy, captive bred tree frogs for sale at Josh’s Frogs!

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Borneo Eared Frogs

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Maintenance – Borneo Eared Frogs will need to be misted 1-2 times a day, require clean water daily, and should have their enclosure cleaned every 1-2 weeks.

Cost – Borneo Eared Frogs have a moderate initial startup cost, and are generally relatively inexpensive pets. Borneo Eared Frogs have a very low week to week cost, as well.

Feeding – Borneo Eared Frogs will consume live crickets that are easily available at virtually every pet store,  as well as on JoshsFrogs.com. Borneo Eared Frogs may also accept dubia roaches and the occasional waxworm, black soldier fly larvae, or small hornworm.

Handleability – Borneo Eared Frogs tend to be quite jumpy and should not be handled frequently. Treat these as a ‘look at’ pet.

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Visibility / Boldness – Borneo Eared Frogs are nocturnal, and will spend most of the day inactive and sleeping on the glass or leaves in the terrarium. If you’re a night owl, tree frogs might be the perfect pet frog for you!

Noise – Borneo Eared Frogs can be a bit noisy at night. If you’re a light sleeper or live with someone who does, please take this into consideration. These frogs are probably well suited for apartment living.

To learn more about keeping Borneo Eared Frogs as pets, please visit our tree frog care sheets. Ready to buy some pet tree frogs? Check out the healthy, captive bred tree frogs for sale at Josh’s Frogs!

Mossy Frogs

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 Maintenance – Theloderma (mossy frogs) are easy to care for. When set up with a water bottom, they’ll need half their water changed every 2 weeks, and an entire cage clean out every 2-3 months.

Cost – Mossy Frogs can be a little more expensive than other tree frogs up front, but are very inexpensive to keep.

Feeding – Mossy frogs love to eat live crickets, and will occasionally eat dubia roaches, waxworms, black soldier fly larvae, and small hornworms.

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Handleability – Mossy frogs should only be handled when necessary for cage cleaning. They are best kept as ‘look at’ pets.

Visibility / Boldness – Mossy frogs are nocturnal, and will spend most of the day inactive and sleeping on the glass or leaves in the terrarium. If you’re a night owl, tree frogs might be the perfect pet frog for you! Mossy frogs often sleep in plain view, making them great display animals.

Noise – Mossy frogs have a loud, honking call at night.

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To learn more about keeping mossy frogs as pets, please visit our tree frog care sheets. Ready to buy some pet tree frogs? Check out the healthy, captive bred tree frogs for sale at Josh’s Frogs!

 

Monkey Tree Frogs

Maintenance – Monkey Tree Frogs will need to be misted 1-2 times a day, require clean water daily, and should have their enclosure cleaned every 1-2 weeks.

Cost – Monkey Tree Frogs have a moderate initial startup cost, and are generally relatively inexpensive pets.

Feeding – Monkey Tree Frogs will consume live crickets that are easily available at virtually every pet store.

Handleability – While tree frogs should not be handled frequently, many species tolerate occasional, gentle handling. Some frogs, such as White’s Tree Frogs, tolerate regular handling very well.

Visibility / Boldness – Tree frogs are nocturnal, and will spend most of the day inactive and sleeping on the glass or leaves in the terrarium. If you’re a night owl, tree frogs might be the perfect pet frog for you!

Noise – Many species of tree frogs can make noise. The intensity and loudness varies greatly depending on species, but plan on hearing your pet tree frogs calling at night if you choose to bring them into your home.

To learn more about keeping poison dart frogs as pets, please visit our tree frog care sheets. Ready to buy some pet tree frogs? Check out the healthy, captive bred tree frogs for sale at Josh’s Frogs!

 

Reed Frogs

Maintenance – Reed frogs will need to be misted 1-2 times a day and should have their enclosure cleaned every 1-2 weeks. Since most reed frogs do well kept over water, frequent water changes may be inconvenient for some keepers.

Cost – Reed frogs have a moderate initial startup cost, and are generally relatively inexpensive pets.

Feeding – Reed Frogs, including the popular starry night reed frogs and blue back reed frogs, will consume live crickets that are easily available at virtually every pet store.

Handleability – While reed frogs should not be handled frequently, many species tolerate occasional, gentle handling. Don’t plan on holding reed frogs, except when needed to clean their enclosure.

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Visibility / Boldness – Reed frogs are nocturnal, and will spend most of the day inactive and sleeping on the glass or leaves in the terrarium. If you’re a night owl, reed frogs might be the perfect pet frog for you! Reed frogs do display their bright colors when sleeping.

Noise – Many species of reed frogs can make noise. The intensity and loudness varies greatly depending on species, but plan on hearing your pet reed frogs calling at night – many species sound like dripping water or a creaking door.

To learn more about keeping reed frogs as pets, please visit our reed frog care sheets. Ready to bring some reed frogs home? Check out captive bred reed frogs for sale at Josh’s Frogs!

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Solomon Island Leaf Frogs

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Maintenance – Solomon Island Leaf Frogs are very low maintenance pet frogs. Care consists of misting daily to every few days, and changing the substrate every few weeks to a month.

Cost – Solomon Island Leaf Frogs are moderately expensive to house. The frogs themselves can be pricey, and Solomon Island Leaf Frogs require a relatively large enclosure. Keep this in mind when considering Solomon Island Leaf Frogs as a pet frog.

Feeding – Solomon Island Leaf Frogs are very, very easy to feed. With a diet consisting crickets available at most pet stores, you will have no problem feeding your pet Solomon Island leaf frog.

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Handleability – You don’t need to worry about harming your pet Solomon Island leaf frog if you handle it – just watch out! Solomon Island leaf frogs can bite, and sometimes will be aggressive. While they tolerate handling, it’s best to treat them as a display animal. Solomon Island Leaf frogs do have fleshy projections over their eyes and nose, which can easily be damaged by rough handling.

Visibility / Boldness – Solomon Island leaf frogs are ambush predators, and will choose a comfortable place in their enclosure and sit still, often partially underneath leaves or wood. Solomon Island leaf frogs will be visible most of the time.

Noise – Solomon Island Leaf Frog males may call when kept warm and wet. Generally calling at night, this call can be quite loud.

To learn more about keeping Solomon Island Leaf Frogs as pets, please visit our Solomon Island leaf frog care sheets. Think Solomon Island leaf frogs are the perfect pet frogs for you? Check out the healthy, captive bred Solomon Island leaf frogs for sale at Josh’s Frogs!

 

Yellow Spotted Climbing Toads

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Maintenance – Yellow Spotted Climbing Toads are very low maintenance pet frogs. Care consists of misting daily to every few days, and changing the substrate every few weeks to a month.

Cost – Yellow Spotted Climbing Toads are moderately expensive to house. The frogs themselves can be pricey, and YSCTs require a relatively large enclosure. Keep this in mind when considering this species as a pet frog.

Feeding – YSCTs are easy to feed. With a diet consisting crickets available at most pet stores, you will have no problem feeding your pet Pedostibes hosii.

Handleability – Yellow Spotted Climbing Toads can be handled on occasion, especially when they are old. Keep in mind they are a toad – they like to pee when startled.

Visibility / Boldness – These large toads will generally hang out on branches or in cork tubes during the day, only to become very active at night. Yellow Spotted Climbing Toads, especially adult females, are very nice looking animals.

Noise – YSCT males have a loud, honking call. Typically, they will call at night. Females are mostly silent.

To learn more about keeping Yellow Spotted Climbing Toads as pets, please visit our Yellow Spotted Climbing Toad care video. Think YSCTs might be the right pet frogs for you? Check out the healthy, captive bred Yellow Spotted Climbing Toads for sale at Josh’s Frogs!