African Dwarf Frog Care Sheet - Petco

Aquatic frogs make a fun pet provided you know how to set up their housing and care for them
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Frogs are one of the more common classroom pets because they are quite easy to care for and they look very cool. Growing frogs is a great way for science teachers to teach kids about metamorphosis because they can use the frog as example for this process. Frogs at first are tadpoles and then they turn into an adult frog. But there are a few things that you should know if you are thinking about raising a frog in a classroom or in other indoor spaces. One of the most important things being what type of foliage to use for the frogs as that can determine how the frogs feel in their classroom terrarium because plants provide the frogs with cover as well as help with the oxygen production in the vivarium. This foliage will be different based on what type of frog you have – an aquatic, semi-aquatic, terrestrial or arboreal (climbing or tree) frog.
Tank care of African Dwarf Frogs is very simple. Substrate can be bare bottom or aquarium gravel. Plants offer a natural environment and a sense of security for dwarf frogs. Hiding Places are a must for dwarf frogs. Filtration keeps the water clean but a filter is not needed. Lighting is optional as well.
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Two water frogs often show up in the aquarium trade. The African dwarf frog and the African clawed frog have similar care in the aquarium, with a few minor differences. Specifically, the larger clawed frog has issues sharing its aquarium. However, the dwarf frog has similar compatibility to a small, peaceful aquarium fish. Oct 19, 2010 - About as easy to care for as goldfish, African frogs liven up any aquarium with their quick turns and acrobatic moves
Photo provided by FlickrIntroductory informational about African dwarf frogs (Hymenochirus boettgeri) for beginning aquatic frog hobbyists. Includes information about biology and care.
Photo provided by FlickrAfrican Dwarf Frogs originated in the rivers and stream of central Africa
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This is a site about African dwarf frogs and how to keep and care for them. It's intended for people who are new to the frog hobby (and perhaps to the aquatic pet hobbies in general).These frogs aren’t messy and they have little body waste to foul up the aquarium. It’s the leftovers from your feeding that do. You may opt to invest in minute food scavengers like the corydora or otinciclus catfish to take care of leftovers and preclude decomposing food that can really foul-up the tank.African dwarf frogs are very easy pets to care for. Their needs are very simple. Unfortunately, however, many people buy these frogs on impulse when they see them in pet shops without understanding how to care for them. Pet shop employees often tell customers that they can care for ADFs like they care for goldfish, which simply is not true. African dwarf frogs are not fish. They are unique, fully-aquatic amphibians. Their care requirements are simple, but they are different from those of fish. Your frogs will die if you don't care for them properly.Dwarf frogs prefer live bloodworms or blackworms. These prey take up residence in the gravel. Once biological filtration and plants are established, the worms will take care of themselves. The frogs will hunt them at their leisure. Many frog keepers add more worms on a regular schedule and keep an eye out the rest of the time to make sure their froggies are getting enough to eat. Filter out worms caught by the gravel vacuum with an aquarium net and put them back in the tank. Temperatures over 80 degrees F kill worms and cause water poisoning. Dwarf frogs occasionally enjoy other live food treats like brine shrimp or daphnia, but offer them sparingly. Dwarf frogs usually won't eat dry foods, and these can cause intestinal blockage.While African dwarf frogs are generally peaceful and easy to care for, a prospective owner should be sure that they are provided with a spacious aquarium and fed the proper foods. If proper care is taken, African dwarf frogs can live up to 10 years in a home aquarium.Welcome to the African Dwarf Frog world. Free tips about keeping African Dwarf Frogs. Lots of information and more on African Dwarf Frogs, your home, family and pet home.A New household pet:
The AFRICAN DWARF FROG seems to have become a common household pet in many homes. This is a very good thing if you are a bit squeamish about keeping frogs as a pet. You don’t have to worry about your children keeping crickets and other crawlies running around the house.African dwarf frogs are a species of freshwater aquatic frog belonging to the family pipidae, which is a family of thirty or so primitive, tongue less frogs that are typically found in the tropical regions of South America and the sub-saharan regions of Africa. These frogs are very small, weighing no more than a few grams at maturity, and they typically grow to a maximum length of around 2.5 inches (6,5cm). The majority of this length can be attributed to the long, thin legs that African dwarf frogs use to propel themselves through the water. With proper care, African dwarf frogs can live up to five years in captivity. These aquatic frogs have slim, almost flat bodies that range in color from brown to olive green and they often exhibit dark spotting along their backs and legs. African dwarf frogs have lungs like mammals rather than gills like fish, despite being aquatic creatures, so you may occasionally se them darting to the surface of the tank and taking gulps of air.