Frogs as pets

Before you get a frog


It's very important to research specific frog species. Different frogs have vastly different needs for temperature, humidity, diet, and habitat.


Consider carefully whether frogs are the right pet for your lifestyle. They require consistent care and aren't typically cuddly companions.

Legality and responsibility

Check local regulations on keeping frogs as pets. Frogs can live for many years, so you'll need to be prepared for a long-term commitment.

Froggy housing

Enclosure setups for different frog species

Frogs come in all shapes and sizes, and their enclosure needs vary greatly depending on their natural habitat. Here's a breakdown of some common enclosure setups for different frog types:

1. Arboreal Frogs (Tree Frogs)

These frogs spend most of their time climbing and perching. Their enclosures should be:

2. Terrestrial Frogs

These frogs spend most of their time on the ground. Their enclosures should be:

3. Semi-Aquatic Frogs (Aquatic Frogs)

These frogs spend a significant amount of time in water. Their enclosures should be:

Size Requirements

Remember, bigger is usually better! As a general rule, the enclosure should be at least 3-5 times the length and width of an adult frog. For arboreal frogs, prioritize height over floor space.

Additional Considerations


By providing an enclosure that mimics their natural habitat, you can ensure your frog thrives in captivity.


Froggy Footing: Different Substrate Options

The substrate, the material at the bottom of your frog's enclosure, plays a vital role in maintaining humidity, providing burrowing opportunities, and creating a natural look. Here's a breakdown of some popular substrate options:

1. Paper Towels

Pros: Easy to clean, disposable, inexpensive.

Cons: Not aesthetically pleasing, doesn't hold humidity well, can harbour mould if not changed frequently.

2. Bioactive Substrates

Pros: Creates a mini-ecosystem with live plants and isopods (tiny decomposers) that break down waste, reducing cleaning needs. Provides a more natural environment for burrowing frogs.

Cons: Requires research to set up properly, ongoing monitoring of the isopod population, may not be suitable for all frog species.

3. Natural Options
Coconut Fiber (Coir)

Pros: Excellent for holding humidity, readily available, relatively inexpensive, good burrowing material.

Cons: May require pre-washing to remove dust, can mould if not spot-cleaned regularly.

Cypress Mulch

Pros: Holds humidity well, natural wood aroma, good burrowing material.

Cons: Can be dusty, some varieties may contain harmful oils for frogs, and require monitoring for mould growth.

Live Moss (Sphagnum Moss):

Pros: Highly absorbent, creates a beautiful and natural environment, excellent for high humidity requirements.

Cons: Requires regular misting to stay moist, can be expensive, and may not be suitable for all frog species.

Choosing the Right Substrate

Consider your frog species: Research the natural habitat of your frog to choose a substrate that mimics it.

Humidity needs: High-humidity frogs benefit from coconut fibre, moss, or bioactive setups. Lower-humidity frogs might do well with paper towels or cypress mulch.

Cleaning preferences: Paper towels are easiest to clean, while bioactive setups require the least cleaning once established.

Aesthetics: For a natural look, consider coconut fibre, cypress mulch, or live moss.


By providing the right substrate, you can create a healthy and comfortable environment for your amphibian friend.

Further research

Here are a few pages to get started:

Frogs as pets

About frogs

Before buying a frog

We recommend consulting a veterinarian before acquiring a frog, especially for those with specific needs.