This fairly small frog is partially aquatic and a tree-dweller. A member of the Rhacophoridae family, it falls into a group also known as “bush” frogs. Some of them fly. But our featured Mossy frog is just that: its skin is a bumpy, lumpy mass of black and green that provides the perfect camouflage from predators.
The story behind the Hula frog sighting is a fascinating one that involves decades of events, both good and bad. By the mid-1950s, malaria was an issue that Israeli officials hoped to resolve by draining the lake. In the process, however, the ecosystem took a real hit and the imbalance led to many species heading toward the brink of extinction. While it may have seemed to be a wise move for officials, conservationists knew otherwise: it was the frogs in the area that consumed malaria-bearing mosquitoes.
Four types of housing arrangements are available for frogs. These are each easy to set up, but some will require more maintenance than others.
Best Pet Frog Species
The Ornate Horned Frog offers plenty of viewing opportunities because this species sits around - a lot. They're knobby and quite colorful, though, so they might be an interesting choice for older kids and even adults. Habitats are easy to set up with water, rocks for perching and a gravel base. Things can get lively when they're hungry and these frogs are eating machines. They'll consume guppies, larger bugs, grubworms, and even mice. They need to live alone, too, or cannibalism might come into play.
African Clawed Frogs are favorites for anyone who loves their underwater antics. In an aquarium setup, they're an active species, as long as they have a place to hide on occasion. Tops must be secured as they tend to wander. Away from their watery environment, they won't survive. Eating habits are varied, so they're easy to feed.
For those just getting started with amphibian pets, African Dwarf Frogs make easy-to-care-for friends. They're also aquatic, but are a bit smaller than African clawed frogs. Their main diet consists of frozen bloodworms or dried brine shrimp.