Frogs can make very good pets. Unlike most other pets this one will let you go on a holiday, all you must do is give them a big feed before you go, of yummy live insects. Obviously, if you are going around the world, or you think your trip will take longer than a week, we suggest alternative care for your pet. If you think you might like your own froggy friend read on and find out what’s involved in caring for one.
Keeping frogs in some countries(including Australia) is restricted, so please contact your local wildlife authorities before keeping a frog as a pet.
If you just want to attract frogs to your home you can build a pond in your yard, and have free range frogs. The frogs will hear the sounds of the pond and come and hang out with you in your pool! For a good frog pond, you will need lots of plants and water foliage. It’s best not to take frogs from the wild to add to your pond, as this may spread disease. Instead, let the frogs come to you.
Handling your Frog
Make sure you have clean hands whenever touching frogs. Frogs breathe through their skin, so any chemicals or residue on human hands can be passed onto them and even kill them. Smokers should never touch frogs. You must never squeeze them either.
- Frogs are amphibians
- Frogs eat live insects, some even eat bats!
- The world record for a frog hop is over 3 metres!
- The frog tongue rapidly unfolds and a sticky tip on the end is used to pluck insects into the mouth.
- There are 216 species of frogs native to Australia
- The only introduced species of frog in Australia is the dreaded Cane Toad!
- The larger the frog, the longer it lives.
- Frogs and tadpoles can change colour if they become stressed or frightened.
- Frogs skins are always moist and the evaporation of this moisture keeps them cool.
- Only male frogs call or croak.
- Some frogs are poisonous to touch because of the powerful toxins on their skins. These effects can range from skin and eye irritation or even death if the toxins are swallowed.
- Frogs evolved about 200 million years ago