How Do You Care for an African Clawed Frog?


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African clawed frogs are social, intelligent and relatively easy to care for, making them a good choice for anyone new to keeping amphibians as pets. An owner needs an aquarium with a heater to house the animal and appropriately sized prey for feeding time.

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The water in the aquarium should be 7 to 12 inches deep, or as deep as the height of the frog, so it can stand on the bottom of the tank with its head above water. African clawed frogs are chemically sensitive, so use de-chlorinated or bottled spring water, and change it daily to avoid bacterial buildup. With a gentle filter, less frequent changing is required. The ideal water temperature is 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit, and a water heater with a thermostat can be used to maintain warmth.

African clawed frogs should be fed 3 to 4 times a week with a varied diet of earthworms, wax worms, small feeder fish and turtle pellets. A single frog should be fed 3 or 4 prey per feeding or as much as it can eat within 10 minutes.

African clawed frogs are slippery and hard to handle, and their delicate webbed limbs can easily become entangled in a net. If it is absolutely necessary to handle the frog, do so with clean, wet hands to prevent the frog from slipping away. Do not use an aquarium net.

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