REPTILE / new pets
A Set-up Guide for New Chubby and Tomato Frogs
Tips for home, health to fun
Five things to know about your frog
- Tomato frogs live up to 7 years
- Chubby frogs live up to 10 years
- Both types grow to be about 4 inches long
- When threatened, they secrete a substance through their skin that can irritate human eyes and the mouth
- They are a good choice for beginner frog parents
Your chubby and tomato frogs’ home
Your chubby or tomato frog can share a terrarium with other frogs of the same species. Just be sure all of the roommates are about the same size.
A 10-gallon terrarium will comfortably house two to three adult frogs. If you’re keeping more than that, get a larger habitat. Be sure your frog’s terrarium has a screened lid.
What to put in your frog’s habitat
- Line the bottom of the terrarium with 2 to 3 inches of coconut-fiber or bark bedding — frogs enjoy burrowing in it. Scoop the poop at least once a week and change out the bedding completely once a month.
- Provide branches for hiding. Living plants will help keep the habitat humid, which your roly-poly pet will like.
Heat & lights
- Tomato and chubby frogs are nocturnal, meaning they’re more active at night. They don’t require sunlight, but they do need a “day” and a “night” cycle in their habitat. If they’re in a dim room, light the terrarium for 12 hours a day with a fluorescent bulb.
- At night, switch to a night-specific bulb so you can watch your frog with minimum disturbance.
- Your frog’s terrarium should be warm — between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 65 F to 70 F at night. If necessary, use a heat bulb and/or a night-specific heat lamp for warmth. A thermometer at each end will help you monitor the temperature.
- Your froggy likes humidity between 50% and 80%. Use a hygrometer — a device that measures humidity — to keep track.
Help your chubby and tomato frogs stay healthy
Chubby frogs and tomato frogs need Vitamin D in their diet.
Try not to handle new frogs for three or four days to give them a chance to get acclimated to their new surroundings. Whether your frog is new or settled-in, be sure to contact a vet if you notice any of these symptoms of illness or distress:
- More time spent hiding
- Eating or drinking less; weight loss
- Discolored skin
- Swollen joints
- Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
- Runny droppings for more than two days
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