The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Would You Keep A Frog As A Pet?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Would You Keep A Frog As A Pet?

As a kid, I did not like frogs. Once my brother bought one home in a jar…and sent me screaming! Then there was my biology class, in junior high school…I can still smell the ammonia! My teacher put  one on my desk, and after staring into it’s little eyes…I decided that I was not going to do it…dead or not!

Finally, one of my classmates did it for me. I was a teenager and I cried. I still felt like I was hurting one of God’s little animals.  Did you know that some schools now use computerized software to dissect frogs?

As an adult my husband and I got my then 6 year-old son a fish aquarium. He had been learning about frogs in school. So we decided to get him an aquarium frog (aquatic). He named him George. George was really cute…all over the aquarium! We put in some lily pads, and would find him asleep on them.

Some people find frogs boring, though some of the smaller frogs are quite active. However, many of the larger frogs are quite sedentary and don't move around much. Most pet shops in the United States can no longer sell the aquatic frogs.

Frog Facts:
  • Frogs, are always  wet and slimy.
  • They hop
  • A frog is a reptile, not a fish, and reptiles like to get out of the water occasionally
  • Rising temperatures are responsible for pushing dozens of frog species over the brink of extinction in the past three decades, according to findings being reported today by a team of Latin American and U.S. scientists.
  • Frogs have lungs for breathing, but they also breathe through their skin Many frogs solve that problem by producing slimy stuff and oozing it all over their skin.
  • Frogs are so slimy. They need to stay a little wet, even when they’re on land.
  • Frogs absorb water to keep their skin slimy to protect them from predators. Slime makes frogs slippery, and sometimes it has poison in it.
  • Some frog slime is even being studied by scientists for its potential to cure human diseases!

Did You Know That Toads Are  Harmful To Dogs?

Toads secrete a substance that can irritate a dog's eyes or tongue. Catching and chewing a toad can cause excessive salivation and sometimes disorientation, but usually nothing very serious. If your dog has caught a toad, flushing his mouth with water to relieve the unpleasant symptoms is usually all that's needed. But there are some deadly exceptions!

Several species of giant toads are a serious threat to pets. The Colorado River Toad, found in Southwestern states from Arizona to Southern California, and the Giant Brown Toad (also known as Marine Toads, Cane Toads or Bufo Toads) found in South Texas and Florida, are the two most common poisonous toads in the U.S. There are also a large number of Bufo Toads in Hawaii. These giant toads can grow to be 4" to about 9" long and to weigh more than 2 pounds.

Dog You Know the difference between a frog and a toad?

Frogs:
Need to live near water
  • Have smooth, moist skin that makes them look “slimy”
  • Have a narrow body
  • Have higher, rounder, bulgier eyes
  • Have longer hind legs
  • Take long high jumps
  • Have many predators


Toads:
  • Do not need to live near water to survive
  • Have rough, dry, bumpy skin
  • Have a wider body
  • Have lower, football shaped eyes
  • Have shorter, less powerful hind legs
  • Will run or take small hops rather than jump
  • Do not have many predators.
  • Toad’s skin lets out a bitter taste and smell that burns the eyes and nostrils of its predators, much like a skunk does.



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