November 2011

Pet Frogs: Picking The Best

Three Popular Species for Beginners

Choosing a pet frog is easy, but selecting the right one is a little tougher. Do you want a species that is active or just sits around, especially after it's been fed? What about those that become livewires at night and snooze while you're awake? Then there are species that need to hibernate when it's cold or that require certain temperatures to thrive. The business of enjoying frogs is not so simple after all.

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.

Southern Comfort - Frog Legs

Warning! We're Talking Good Eating Here

This is sure to offend some, but seriously, you can't have a frog blog without bringing up this Southern delicacy. Frog legs. There, I said it. And, yes, I've eaten frog legs since I was very young. And as a little girl, I went frog hunting with my dad. While I was too small to shoot them (when that was legal) or gig them, it was my job to tote the bodies back in a canvas sack. While that type of excursion doesn't suit me now, I still won't pass up fried frog legs when they're on the menu (as long as someone else has done the work).

When is a Frog Not a Frog?

Buttons, Bayonets & Violin Bows: Frogs are Everywhere

In the world of frogs, you may discover some items that aren't related at all to our amphibian favorites. In fact, many items will leave you wondering how they came to be called "frogs." We should be proud, of course, that someone thought about naming rights in reference to a species that so many of us love.

Frog Fans Unite!

Amphibian Fanatics Welcome

Hop on in to my little corner of the frog universe. Whether you're a live amphibian aficionado or a froggy collectibles, apparel, and accessories fan, you'll find something fun to discuss here. We'll go green and then some with some interesting facts and a few frog tales. With more than 4,000 species in existence, I may never run out of something to talk about!