Welcome To Your African Dwarf Frog Starter Kit Experience
Congratulations on your new pet, the aquatic African dwarf frog! These frogs are easy to keep and fun to be around. They have entertaining habits and seem to enjoy interacting with other frogs in their habitat.
Your African Dwarf Frog Starter Kit Consists Of
- Habitat selected by you
- 1 or 2 African dwarf frogs
- Dwarf Frog Food
- Water treatment solution
- Water change cup
- Floating plastic plant
- Free colorful background
You Will Need To Provide
A container to measure half a gallon of water; 2-liter soda bottle works well.
Your pet dwarf frogs are interesting little amphibians native to the tropics of Central Africa where they live in slow-moving fresh water. They are completely aquatic, meaning they live entirely in the water all the time. But they need to come to the surface to breathe air since they have lungs and not gills.
They will arrive in a transport bag with sufficient water and air. You need to prepare the habitat for your pets before you can put them in:
- Fill the habitat about three-fourth full of warm (not hot) tap water.
- Read the instructions on the water treatment solution to make sure you use the correct amount of water treatment solution.
- Add the water treatment solution into the water and stir. This step is very important because water can contain chemicals that are dangerous to dwarf frogs.
- Before putting the dwarf frogs in the habitat let the treated water sit for at least 2 hours. This allows the water to cool down to match the temperature of water in the dwarf frogs’ transport bag.
- You can open your dwarf frogs’ transport bag after 2 hours and pour your frogs along with the water inside the bag into the habitat. Don’t be worried if there is no movement at first. It can take up to a day before your dwarf frogs start moving around and exploring the habitat.
- Place the floating plastic plant inside the habitat. Your dwarf frogs will occasionally sit on the plant leaves or nibble at algae that sometimes grows on the leaves. Keep the lid on the habitat at all times to prevent an escape.
Important Note: Keep your dwarf frog habitat at room temperature (65°F to 78°F) and out of direct sunlight. Don’t shake or tap on the habitat otherwise, your dwarf frogs might feel stressed.
Feeding Your Dwarf Frogs
Your dwarf frogs may not eat the 1st day in the habitat as they adjust to their new home. African dwarf frogs are bottom feeders and eat the sinking pelleted Dwarf Frog Food included with the kit. Feed 1 pellet per frog 2 times per week. Don’t expect them to consume all the given food in one feeding. If by the time of next feeding some food is still left in the water, don’t add anymore in order to avoid clouding the water.
If you run out of food or misplace it, you can buy sinking shrimp pellets from the local pet store. Dwarf frogs eat a wide variety of food items and it can be a fun experiment to see what your pet likes. As treats to supplement the main diet, you can give them chopped earthworms, live or frozen/thawed bloodworms, tubifex worms, dried krill and live brine shrimp.
Important Note: It’s important not to overfeed your dwarf frogs because left over food will decay. Having dirty water in the habitat will harm the frogs.
Cleaning The Habitat
A clean habitat with clean water is very important for your dwarf frogs. Once a week, or more often if the water looks cloudy, change 1/3rd of the water inside the habitat:
- Wash your hands and rinse them well to make sure you have no soap or lotion on your hands.
- Remove plants and décor items and rinse them with warm water in the sink.
- Use the water change cup to remove around 1/3rd of the water from the habitat.
- Now fill a half gallon container with warm (not hot) tap water.
- Add the water treatment solution into the water and stir. Let this treated water sit for 2 hours so that it cools down to match the temperature of water inside the habitat with the frogs.
- After 2 hours you can add the treated water, plants and décor items back into the habitat.
Important Note: Don’t remove any animals from the habitat while cleaning. If you eventually run out of water treatment solution, you can use any water conditioner used to prepare water for fish and available in the local pet stores. Never use soap, detergent or any other cleaners in your habitat. The residue from the cleaners can cause harm to your frogs.
Caring For Your Dwarf Frogs
An adult dwarf frog is about 1 to 1.5 inches long, from snout to toes on outstretched legs. Dwarf frogs have been reported to live up to 20 years or longer in captivity, but the average lifespan is about 4 to 8 years if properly cared for. Don’t confuse your African dwarf frogs with African clawed frogs which are larger and don’t get along well with fish.
Male dwarf frogs will sometimes sing or hum. It’s hard to tell the males and females apart except for the singing. They don’t have extendible tongues like most frogs – instead, they grab their food then use their front legs to push it into their mouth. Your frogs will sometimes shed their skin, making them appear mossy during the process. Dwarf frogs like lots of hiding places. You can purchase caves and hiding places on our website or from the aquarium décor departments in any pet store.
Zen Position is a favorite posture of your aquatic dwarf frogs! While they like to swim around a lot, they will also frequently strike this pose: arms and legs spread out and often balancing on one foot as though meditating on the deeper meanings of life. This is quite normal and is referred to as burbling.
Sometimes when they feel extra lazy, they will just float to the top. Don’t be alarmed if your frogs do this for a couple of hours—they are just having fun.
Don’t release your frogs outside if you are unable to take care of them. Your frogs may not know how to survive in the wild because they have not learned to hunt on their own. Instead, find a friend or neighbor who would like a pet frog, or donate them to a school for a wildlife display, or give them to a local pet shop which can find a home for them.
Important Note: Avoid handling your dwarf frogs. A frog is delicate and may escape or be injured during handling. They may also dry out quickly and this might injure or kill the frog.