Frogs are fascinating creatures that have existed for more than 200 million years, surviving even the time of the dinosaurs. With over 6,000 species across the world, it is easy to be awed by their diversity and unique characteristics. While some frogs make good pets, it is generally not recommended to keep wild frogs as pets due to the risks involved.
There are a few reasons why keeping wild frogs as pets can be dangerous. Firstly, some species are highly poisonous, such as the Golden Poison Dart Frog. Even if the frog loses its poison in captivity due to a change in diet, there is never a guarantee that it is completely safe to touch. Secondly, some species are endangered and protected by law, making it illegal to capture and keep them as pets. Thirdly, different species have different needs in terms of diet, environment, and temperature, making it challenging to provide them with the right care to remain healthy and happy in captivity. Lastly, most wild frogs, amphibians, and reptiles carry harmful pathogens like salmonella that can be dangerous to humans, especially pregnant women and young or old people.
Instead, it is recommended to consider getting a captive-bred frog as a pet, which can also be rewarding and enjoyable. While frogs can’t be held or petted like dogs or cats, some species may tolerate being handled. Here are four of the best frog species for beginners to consider:
1. White’s Tree Frog – a decent-sized frog that can grow up to 3 inches long and quite wide. This docile species may tolerate being handled, and can live up to 20 years in captivity.
2. Oriental Fire-Bellied Toads – green and orange in color, these semi-aquatic frogs are technically a frog and not a true toad, and they can live as long as White’s Tree Frogs with proper care. They are somewhat active during the day, making them fun to watch.
3. Red-Eye Tree Frog – with bright red eyes and lime green skin, these small and fragile frogs are best enjoyed from a distance, with minimal handling. They can provide a lot of character and charm to a terrarium.
4. Tomato Frog – quite sizable and red in color, these frogs are less likely to hop away when their enclosure is opened for cleaning, and can tolerate handling better than some other species. They are nocturnal, so activity may be limited during the day.
In conclusion, while frogs can make great pets, it is important to consider the risks involved in keeping them. Wild frogs should generally not be kept as pets, due to their potential dangers and requirements in terms of care. Captive-bred species, however, can be rewarding and enjoyable, especially with the right housing, diet, and care.