Amphibian Basics



Amphibians are a diverse group of animals, including frogs, toads, and salamanders. Depending on the species, amphibians can live 5-10 years and may or may not stay small. Different species will have their own unique requirements for proper care, including housing, handling, and nutrition. If your amphibian needs to spend time in water, be sure to use a water conditioner to remove chlorine and other dangerous materials from your tap water. Thoroughly research any species you are considering before adding it to your family.



Like reptiles, some species of amphibians do not need to be fed daily. However, some amphibians do require daily feeding. As with everything else, be sure to research the specific species you are considering.


Unlike dogs and cats, amphibians do not receive vaccinations. However, this does not mean that they do not need routine vet check-ups. A yearly wellness exam can help you catch a disease before it becomes too serious. Regular exams can also help you and your vet know what is normal for your pet, in order to more easily recognize when something is abnormal. As with any animal, be sure to contact your vet if you suspect your amphibian may be ill or injured.