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Care for Northern Cricket Frogs

how to care for northern cricket frogs

northern cricket frogs make good pets as

they do not grow very large and are easy

to catch but like any pet they require a

specific diet and environment to thrive

in captivity if you are considering

getting a northern cricket frog as a pet

make sure you are prepared to properly

care for it building a safe and

comfortable enclosure

make sure it is legal to catch and keep

northern cricket frogs in your area

since these frogs are endangered in some

areas of the United States it may not be

a good idea to catch one and take it

from its natural habitat

currently the populations of this

species are increasing and stable make

sure you do a search to find out the

population levels of this frog in your

area and determine if it is safe and

allowed to catch them alternatively you

might consider making your own backyard

a better environment for the frogs if

the population is still recovering in

your area you can help rebuild it by

enriching its natural habitat

avoid using fertilizer and avoid cutting

down vegetation surrounding any natural

water sources in your vicinity

currently the populations of this

species are increasing and stable make

sure you do a search to find out the

population levels of this frog in your

area and determine if it is safe and

allowed to catch them alternatively you

might consider making your own backyard

a better environment for the frogs if

the population is still recovering in

your area you can help rebuild it by

enriching its natural habitat

avoid using fertilizer and avoid cutting

down vegetation surrounding any natural

water sources in your vicinity

get a large enclosure even though these

frogs don't need a lot of height they do

need a good amount of width and length

in their tank or aquarium most frogs do

well in a 20 gallon tank so check your

local pet store for a tank this size are

larger this will allow the Frog enough

space to thrive make sure you have a lid

on your enclosure use a soft screen lid

this will allow air to flow into the

tank while keeping the Frog inside and

safe northern cricket frogs are non

climbing frogs so they do not need

branches in their enclosure to climb on

and the enclosure does not need much

height

use moist soil to line the bottom of the

enclosure since these frogs normally

inhabit areas near lakes streams ponds

and other water sources they need

moisture to thrive create a slight slope

with the soil in the bottom of the

enclosure these frogs live on the banks

of water sources so having a slope will

make the enclosure more similar to their

natural habitat use organic soil without

any chemicals or fertilizers in it you

want to make sure it is as close to the

frogs natural habitat as possible you

can also use pine bark that is easily

found at any garden supply store create

a slight slope with the soil in the

bottom of the enclosure these frogs live

on the banks of water sources so having

a slope will make the enclosure more

similar to their natural habitat use

organic soil without any chemicals or

fertilizers in it you want to make sure

it is as close to the frogs natural

habitat as possible you can also use

pine bark that is easily found at any

garden supply store

decorate the enclosure with plants use

these plants to create a canopy in the

enclosure in the wild northern cricket

frogs live in areas with canopies

created by vegetation along the banks of

different water sources you can use

artificial or plastic plants you can buy

these at most pet stores in the aquarium

section you can also get small

hollowed-out logs or rocks for your frog

to hide inside of reference 9 greater

than the canopy can partially are

completely covered the enclosure but you

might consider leaving some areas for

light to peek through to the bottom you

can use artificial or plastic plants you

can buy these at most pet stores in the

aquarium section you can also get small

hollowed-out logs or rocks for your frog

to hide inside of the canopy can

partially or completely cover the

enclosure but you might consider leaving

some areas for light to peek through to

the bottom

put water in the enclosure you can use a

water dish or simply place water at the

bottom of the slope you created with the

soil this will recreate the natural

habitat of the northern cricket frog use

clean filtered water you can buy a kit

that will separate your tank into two

parts land and water this will allow you

to use an automatic filter in the water

cleaning a frog's tank is a lot like

cleaning a fish tank but you might have

to do it more often because frogs tend

to shed pretty often a water filter will

help keep the water clean between actual

tank cleanings regardless of how you

incorporate the water make sure there is

enough of it to allow the frog to keep

himself wet as needed

housed different species of frogs in

different tanks if you have a different

species of frog already and want to get

a northern cricket frog give the new

frog his own enclosure you can house

multiples of the same species in the

same tank but don't overcrowd your tank

keep only 2 or 3 frogs in any 120 gallon

enclosure if you choose to keep

different species in the same tank make

sure the other species you choose

require the same environment as the

northern cricket frog you will want to

choose a species that does not need too

much height and enjoys a damp

environment you can house multiples of

the same species in the same tank but

don't over crowd your tank keep only 2

or 3 frogs in any 120 gallon enclosure

if you choose to keep different species

in the same tank make sure the other

species you choose require the same

environment as the northern cricket frog

you will want to choose a species that

does not need too much height and enjoys

a damp environment