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Excellent "learner frog" to start with. If you ever
purchased an Uncle Milton "Surf Frog" kit, they send you
leopard frog tadpoles (for a ridiculous price).
Froggie Went a Courting. On a dark and rainy night in the spring, you will see these guys and gals crossing the road. You see leopard frogs leaping in your headlights as they look for love in all the wet places. On the coldest nights they stay at home, you can hear the males karaoking all along the romantic shores of any lake or pond within hearing distance. You will see tadpoles later.
If you ever drove thru northern Iowa or lower Minnesota on a rainy spring night, you couldn't miss the swarms of leopard frogs crossing the highways. We'll, you'd miss a few and flatten a few.
Container: Any covered container that holds water will work. A covered 10-gallon tank gives you about the right amount of room. Of course, since a leopard frog that can jump three feet, he would prefer much more room.
Water: Leopard frogs need constant access to CLEAN water or they will croak (for good). Frogs absorb oxygen thru their moist skins. Frogs cannot tolerate dirty water – water with a lot of dissolved organics or dead crickets floating in it. Change their water often and use a water conditioner that neutralizes chlorine. Filters make your job easier. Frogs like a layer of duckweed on the water -- because it keeps you from seeing them.
Decor: Leopard frogs ignore vegetation but fake plants make their habitat look better. Bare tanks look boring.
Temperature: Leopard frogs adjust to a wide variety of temps. Neither cool weather nor hot water bothers them much. However, very cool weather will slow them down.
Temperament: Although leopard frogs can jump three feet when trying to escape, they spend most of their time loafing at the water’s edge waiting for food to wander past. Herons, cranes, and snakes eat them during the day. Raccoons and French people eat them at night. If they jump into deep water to escape, big fish and turtles also eat them.
Winters: Leopard frogs in the wild spend the coldest months buried in the mud. They do not hibernate in captivity. They just get fatter and lazier.
Maximum Size: Expect about four inches for the females – a little smaller for the males -- plus their long legs.
Foods: Leopard frogs eat
moving foods – a wide variety of foods fill the bill.
However, they cannot see unmoving, dead bugs.
Of course, you can always trick them into eating by blowing gently
on the dead insect with a soda straw.
Or you can dangle a worm in front of them until they gulp it down.
You need to train them to eat
from your fingers. They do not trust you at first.
You need to train them to eat from your fingers. They do not trust you at first.
Supplements: An occasional dusting of their prey (crickets) with powdered calcium and vitamins suffices. Don’t over-vitaminize your leopard frogs. Dusted crickets on the menu once in a while will give them all the calcium and D3 they need.
Lighting: Leopard frogs don’t need full-spectrum light, but they do appreciate a regular day and night schedule. Although they don’t absolutely need it, they look better (and probably feel better) under full-spectrum light.
Limit Handling: Few amphibians enjoy handling. Your hands often remove part of their skin. Leave leopard frogs alone as much as possible. Wash your hands after handling them. And keep them out of your mouth. You can get Salmonella from any critter that swims around in its own digested food -- and that goes for chickens, also.
Last Word: Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling leopard frogs or any other herptile. At least frog sweat won’t burn your eyes. LA.
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