There comes a point in every parent’s life where their child asks if they can get a pet. But not everyone has the time, money, room, or permission to take care of the traditional dog or cat. That’s where amphibians such as frogs, toads, and salamanders come in. Here are five great reasons these terrarium-bound pets can be an excellent choice for your next pet.
Just because it’s an amphibian doesn’t mean it will have a short life. When properly cared for, many amphibians in captivity live just as long as a dog or cat. Ten, fifteen, or even twenty years is not uncommon. You and your child can enjoy a long and rewarding relationship with your pet.
While food requirements vary depending on species, many amphibians do require a steady supply of live insects. These can be purchased from local pet stores or ordered online from many sources. Other amphibians may only require commercial food pellets, enriched with fresh vegetable matter. Most of the time, feeding an amphibian is less expensive and time consuming than feeding a dog or cat.
Like fish, many amphibians are thankfully not overly demanding and are easy to care for, requiring far less time and attention than furry friends. Unlike cats and dogs, they don’t need to have their nails trimmed, go to the vet for vaccinations, or take a trip to the groomer for bathing.
Amphibians also don’t need to be taken for walks, and they don’t need a litter box cleaned or their doggy duties disposed of. They also don’t shed hair that gets in your mouth or food and requires constant cleaning off of the floors, furniture, and your clothing.
A pet frog or toad isn’t going to cause anyone’s allergies to flare up. There won’t be pet dander flying around the room from an amphibian, making it an excellent pet choice if household members have allergies.
Dogs and cats can acquire nasty parasites like worms and fleas. These worms can infect humans, and fleas can be a nightmare to get rid of. Fleas also have no problem feasting on humans. Cats can also transmit the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which can wreak havoc in those with compromised immune systems and cause complications in pregnancy, including miscarriage or birth defects. Do your research carefully, and then contact a knowledgeable amphibian breeder or pet supplier for further information on which specific species would be best for your child. Looking at various amphibians for sale with your kids will also help you learn more about your options.