Frogs and amphibians
Despite their size, keeping frogs and other amphibians can be a big commitment.
They require specific care and attention, and can even live for up to 15 years. If you're thinking about getting a new pet, good breeds to begin your research on include Horned Frogs and Fire Salamanders.
What they eat
Your pet's diet will vary according to its species, but in general, frogs and amphibians will eat a variety of insects such as locusts, cockroaches, crickets and mealworms - you may also need to provide vitamin supplements for your pets. You can browse the range of reptile food we have at Pets at Home to see just how many different options there are for feeding your pet.
Where they live
Your frogs and amphibians will live well in avivarium. They have quite specific needs when it comes to their environment - for example, you may need to de-chlorinate any water they come into contact with, as they can be sensitive to the chemicals found in our tap water.
The way you set up the environment will vary according to species. Amphibians, tropical frogs and toads all vary in terms of their habitat. The amount of space taken up by water will be the factor that varies most, as some frogs like to be able to dip in and out of water (semi-aquatic types), some prefer climbing branches (arboreal), others like just a small area of water but mostly land (terrestrial), while others prefer to have the majority of their tank taken up by water (aquatic frogs).
You'll need to investigate the exact needs of the species you're thinking of getting, as some more tropical varieties will require a heated vivarium that will need to be closely monitored.
Who are they right for?
Frogs and amphibians can be a lot of work, so are perhaps better suited to older children or adults. You'll need to put in a lot of research, as some varieties such as the Fire-Bellied Toad, can also be poisonous. As well as this, you'll need to make sure they're not going to be left for long periods of time, as this type of pet requires regular feeding and cleaning.
How can I buy frogs and amphibians?
Be sure to call your local store if you have any queries about keeping reptiles as pets, as well as to check whether they keep the pet you're after in store.