Amphibians are turning the world of pet ownership, upside down. They are the most unique type of pets you could possible have dwell your home. They are wonderful to watch as they progress through their live cycle: stating as an egg and hatching into a larval form with gills they life under water and as it matures, completely converging into a different creature that breathes air instead of water.
Consider having an amphibian as pet is more of a hobby as these are not companion-type animals. In most cases, it’s generally not a good idea to over-handle your amphibian pet. A few time per week should suffice.
Amphibians are low maintenance pets, but you must ensure that their cages are clean, they are fed regularly and that the water is free from toxins in order for your pet to live a long life.
The most common amphibians that are kept as pets are frogs, toads and salamanders, but there are other amphibians that are also possible to keep as pets
One of the most important factors that will positively or negatively affect your amphibians long and short-term health is his or her living arrangements. Housing of course, will differ depending on the variety of amphibians you want to keep as a pets, but one commonality that they will all share is that the enclosure must be escape proof.
When planning your environment, be sure that you match its habitat as closely as possible to their natural environment to ensure they will adapt as easily as possible to it. Create a natural environment by using rocks, mosses, driftwood and plants . Be creative and ensure your amphibians safety. Ensure rocks are large enough not do be swallowed, ensure any drift wood doesn’t have sharp points.
Ensure that any water used in your amphibians enclosure, be free from chlorine as they are sensitive to its toxicity. Use bottled water or de-chlorinate the water using products from a pet store.
Determining the best possible environment for your amphibian can be tricky. Take the guess work out of it and let our great staff here at Petware House be of assistance. We have everything you need under one roof, so don’t hesitate to visit our showroom.
Enclosure temperatures will vary greatly between types of amphibian. For example, if your amphibian is from a water or humid climate, adjustments to temperature control and environment will have to reflect this as closely as possible. The same is true with amphibians from cooler environments.
As a general guidelines, a temperature of sixteen to twenty-one degrees Celsius with a humidity of seventy-five to eighty percent is a good for the average amphibian, but you should carefully consider the type of specie you want to keep. An amphibian from a tropical environment will require higher temperatures and humidity to survive.
Be sure to setup a twelve hour day/night cycle for your amphibians natural environment during warmer months and an eight hour cycle for the winter months.
Most amphibians will consume live invertebrates such as insects, crickets, wax works and roaches. More active amphibians will determine the quantity and frequency of feeding. Smaller active species will need to be fed once a day while less active amphibians will only require feeding once per week.
Your amphibian requires nutrients and vitamins so be sure to coat any invertebrate with powdered preparation before feeding once a week. Be sure to never feed your amphibian with insects that have been exposed to insecticide or any other chemical repellants.
Amphibians have sensitive and absorbent skin. As a result, do not use any chemical-based solvents to clean out the enclosure. The habitat will have to be cleaned out thoroughly and frequently. Water in your pets enclosure needs to be changed and de-chlorinated daily to ensure it does not affect he health of your pet.
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The Tree Frog is without question of the most popular and common types of pet frogs kept in captivity. They are very easy to maintain and go about their daily business within a confined space, quite well. With proper care the Tree Frog is considered to be a long lived pet and are a good choice for small children.
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Newt’s are not high-maintenance amphibians, which is not to say that they are super easy to care for as they do require that certain parameters to be met in a specialized environment. Newt’s are also known for living a very long time and in some cases, up to thirty years. If you fall into the amphibians lover category or have a genuine interest in and commitment to unusual amphibians, then you shouldn’t have too many problems with upkeep.
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We’ve all seen a few thousand-leggers at one time or another. They have the tendency to setup house in clandestine basements, under cardboard boxes and feed on rotting leaves and wood. You’ll notice that they have an undulating, wavelike walk which may creep you out, initially.
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As with any pet, the amphibian does have it’s own unique set of health issues that you should watch for. The most common of which include the following:
Heat stress (pacing, then lethargy)
Cloacal prolapse (tissue protruding from cloaca – the anal area)
Egg retention (swollen abdomen)
Septicemia (red patches on lower legs and abdomen)
Petware House is pleased to carry medications for most common health issues associated with amphibian care. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for further information.
Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling your amphibian to avoid any irritation of the skin. Amphibians breath through the skin, so any chemicals or residue on your hands can easily contaminate your pet which could lead to serious illness or even death of your amphibian.
Over-handling of your amphibian can be detrimental to their health. Can you can damage their skin, leaving them prone to bacterial infection. Over-handling can also cause distress of your amphibian.
Keep in mind that it may be necessary to keep a license, from local government to keep an amphibian. If you’re not sure, let us know and we can provide you with further detail. Lastly, amphibians are a protected species under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
In a number of parts of the world, amphibians are a protected species. As a result, you cannot legally capture them as pets. Any amphibians kept as a pet must be registered with the state you live in and must be captive bred, not caught wild.
While amphibians make great pets, keep in mind that that each will require various humidity, temperature and environmental requirements. Talk to an experienced person for some advice such as your local veterinary or someone from our staff. It also helps to learn as much as possible about the pet you wish to keep, before making any final purchasing decisions.
Keep in mind that an amphibian can live for many years or more. Regularly cleaning and maintenance of housing is required to ensure they and their environment are kept healthy.
If you no longer wish to keep your amphibian pet, be sure to find a suitable home for it. Do not release live amphibians into rivers, dams or other waterway as they can carry disease which may have a negative impact on populations.
Found naturally throughout mainland Europe and Northern and Central Asia, the Fire-belly toad is a small-to-medium sized specie and known for the brightly coloured markings on its body, which are predominately found on the underside of this specie.
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The Pac Man frog, also called the Horned Frog have distinctive features such as a round shape and very large mouth, which resembles one of the most popular video game characters, of course, Pac Man. The later of the names, Horned Frog derives from the presence of horn-like fleshy knobs at the top of their eyes.
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Halloween Crabs are a lot of fun to keep as a pets. Many of our customers have mentioned that they absolutely love their Halloween Crabs. They are naturally tame, but do require constant attention. Halloween Crabs sleep during the day and come out during the night hours. They will require a lot of heat and moisture and several shells throughout their life.
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