Tomato Frog

Dyscophus guineti on grass

Red and round like a tomato, the tomato frog is an interesting frog to keep in captivity. During the day they are relatively inactive, but at night they wake up and move about.

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Clown Tree Frog

Clown Tree Frog Hyla leucophyllata

Clown tree frogs make colorful terrarium inhabitants. They are seasonally imported and sporadically bred in captivity but because they are nocturnal and males can be noisy they are not a frog well-suited for all keepers.

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Gray Tree Frog

Gray Tree Frog

Two species of gray tree frogs are common throughout much of North America and are often kept as pets within their native range. Though their name may make you think they are dull, gray tree frogs are not so.

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Golden Mantella

Golden mantella on moss

Golden mantellas are small, orange, diurnal frogs from Madagascar. In some ways they are reminiscent of South American poison dart frogs, but there are a number of important differences in their behavior and captive care.

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Golden Tree Frog

Golden tree frog sitting on leaf

Known by a handful of names (including Asian tree frog, banana tree frog, and common tree frog), the golden tree frog is a robust and active amphibian. They need a roomy well-ventilated enclosure with space to jump around.

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Poison Dart Frogs

Dendrobates auratus 'Super blue' on java moss

Poison dart frogs have a reputation of being difficult to keep, but if you get off to the right start this is not so. Most important is choosing a hardy species and purchasing large juveniles or sub-adults rather than newly metamorphosed froglets.

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Fire-bellied Toad

Fire bellied toad sitting in water around duckweed

Fire-bellied toads are one of the most popular pet amphibians. They are active and colorful, and display interesting behavior when kept in groups. Their best quality, though, is that they are hardy and forgiving to mistakes, making them a perfect first pet amphibian.

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Veiled Chameleon

Female veiled chameleon closeup of head

Veiled chameleons are among the most popular pet chameleons. This is for good reason. They are relatively hardy compared to other species of chameleon, and so long as they are provided with the right environment they tend to make good pets.

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Dwarf Sand Geckos

Dwarf sand gecko

Also commonly called dune or micro geckos, dwarf sand geckos are small nocturnal lizards native to northern Africa and the Middle East. So long as you start with healthy individuals they are not difficult to keep, but it can be challenging to locate captive-bred geckos.

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Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Leaf-tailed gecko on a piece of park

Less commonly kept than other leaf-tailed geckos, the spearpoint leaf-tailed gecko can be challenging to keep and breed. It is often overshadowed by the similar satanic leaf-tailed gecko but differs by having a greatly reduced diamond-shaped tail.

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Red-eyed Tree Frog

Red-eyed tree frog pair in amplexus

Red-eyed tree frogs make good pets so long as you purchase well-started captive-bred frogs over an inch in length and provide the right environment. This includes a spacious ventilated enclosure with high humidity and moderate temperatures. Although they have a reputation for being difficult to keep, under the right conditions red-eyed tree frogs are actually quite hardy.

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Reed Frogs

Hyperolius reed frog on green leaf

There are more than 180 different species of reed frog, though only a handful are found in the pet trade. These include a number of especially colorful species well-suited for the terrarium.

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Leopard Frogs

Leopard frog in water

Leopard frogs and their tadpoles are commonly kept in captivity, though they can be a challenge. Adult frogs are nervous and jumpy while tadpoles require good water quality to survive through metamorphosis.

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Tiger Salamander

Barred tiger salamander in water dish

One of the most popular salamanders to keep in captivity is the tiger salamander. Large and with an appetite to match its size, the tiger salamander is easy to keep, so long as you keep an eye on the temperature.

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White’s Tree Frog


Also called dumpy tree frogs, White’s tree frogs are robust arboreal amphibians that make great pets. Captive-bred frogs are regularly available and come in a number of different color morphs.

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Amazon Milk Frog

Amazon milk frog in terrarium

Amazon milk frogs live high in the canopy of the rain forest. They breed in tree holes and their tadpoles complete metamorphosis without ever having touched ground. Milk frogs also make easy-to-care for pet amphibians.

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Baby Turtles

Two baby red-eared sliders on a hand

Baby turtles are about as cute as it gets, but they can also be difficult to keep because they require special lighting, food and housing. They also grow quickly and live for decades when provided with the right care.

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Horned Frogs

A brown horned frog in a substrate of coco fiber

Horned frogs (also known as pacman frogs) are easy to keep pet amphibians. They have a tremendous appetite, but do very little when not eating.

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Fire Salamander

Salamandra salamandra

Given the right cool temperatures, fire salamanders are easy to keep in captivity. Like many salamanders they are rather secretive, so although they display attractive coloration they are not all that easy to observe.

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Rough Skinned Newt

Rough-skinned newt

Though uncommonly kept these days, rough-skinned newts were once a common amphibian to find for sale at pet stores in North America. They are interesting newts to keep and relatively undemanding in their care.

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Box Turtles

Male ornate box turtle close up

Box turtles are long-lived pets that are more challenging to care for than often assumed because they have particular diet, temperature, and lighting requirements. When provided with the correct captive conditions though they are hardy and fun to keep.

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Asian Painted Frog

Chubby frog walking

Also called chubby frogs, Asian painted frogs are more active than they look, and at night they often climb around the terrarium. They are easily cared for and make ammusing pet amphibians.

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American Toad

American toad, close-up of head

American toads are found throughout eastern North America where they are sometimes caught and kept as pets. They are not difficult to care for so long as they are provided with the right setup, temperature, and diet.

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