Guide to Keeping Amphibians as Exotic Pets

salamadersThe list of exotic amphibians’ pets include newts, salamanders, frogs and toads. Amphibians have become a popular choice in the pet industry. Before purchasing any amphibian pet, you need to understand their lifestyle, wants and needs. Exotic reptiles and amphibians pets have become the most common pets in the world. This is mainly due to their little maintenance attribute. Remember to get a license before buying your preferred amphibian pet to avoid hefty charges.

Below is a detailed information on how to maintain frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts pets.

  1. Frogs and Toads

Frogs and toads can make splendid pets; however, you need to understand and adapt to all their needs. Before obtaining a frog as a pet, you must ensure that you have a friend who will always take care of your frog when you are away. Ensure that you have the right environment for the type of frog or toad you’re keeping. Below are the types of environment and the required tank:

  • frogsAquatic- For this type of a frog, you need a tank that is set up as it would be for a fish. Ensure that the tank is installed with a sieve or any kind of filtration. The filtration is used to keep the tank clean from frog skin that they shed. Include a mesh lid to prevent the frogs from escaping.
  • Terrestrial- This kind of tank is the simplest to make as it is meant for frogs who live in arid areas. It consists of a dry substrate and a water supply such as a bowl of water.
  • Arboreal- These include species such as tree frogs. These frogs require a tall square tank with branches that allow them to hide and climb.
  • Semi-aquatic- this kind of setup is critical for frogs who want to indulge in both their personality; land and water. This set up can be achieved by putting a tank in a bigger tank. The smaller tank is filled with water while the outer tank is filled with large rocks.

With the correct tank for the frog, it is time to think of the right food for your frogs. Most frogs need a variety of insects, but larger frogs can eat mice. Make sure you manage a large number of insects for the frogs.

Some of the excellent types of frogs to keep are:

  • Dwarf frogs. These are among the easiest toads to keep in captivity since they are small, active and aquatic.
  • Oriental Fire-Bellied toads. They are lively, semi-terrestrial toads.
  • White’s tree frog. They are inactive, tree toads that are docile and easy to maintain.
  • African clawed frogs. They are aquatic toads that get very huge.
  • American green tree frogs. They are tree frogs with little maintenance
  • Pacman frogs. Sedentary terrestrial toads that are easy to care for but get huge.

2. Newts

Newts are distinguished from other pets due to their ability to thrive on commercial pellets. They are therefore the best pets for individuals who would prefer not to handle insects. They are brightly-colored, active by day and live in groups. They perform well with high humidity and both water, and land encloses. They love it when you give them food by hand and swim to the aquarium’s side when you enter the room with anticipation that you will feed them.

newtsNewts are well-adapted to water, so they only need a tank that is deep with resting spots. Plastic plants, cork barks, and turtle platforms can serve as resting spots. You can put a smooth rounded gravel to act as a substrate. Ensure that the water is clean with a pH of between 6.5 and 7.5. You can put in some filters to avoid waste from mixing with the aquariums water.

Since newts are attracted to moving things, you can feed them with worms which can be obtained from a pet store or just raise your worms. Some of the most popular worms are Tubifex, bloodworms, mealworms, and black worms among much more. Newts enjoy pellets and crickets. The most common newt pets are fire belly newt and eastern newt.

3. Salamanders

Salamanders are hardy little creatures with cute features and can live very long lives. Salamanders can make very entertaining and rewarding pets. Some of the most common salamanders are fire salamanders and tiger salamanders.

Salamanders require a large tank of about 24 x 16 x 18 inches. The floor should be filled with either compost or sphagnum moss to provide enough moisture. Salamanders just like newts need hiding places, therefore, sterilized logs or cork bark should be kept in the tank. Ensure you keep the tank clean with frequent removal of waste. Salamanders can feed on live food such as earthworms and garden bugs.