Taking care of a reptile or amphibian can seem difficult or overwhelming and information about what to do in specific situations often isn’t covered in the average care sheet or book.
What follows is a selection of emails I have received over the years. I have grouped these questions into categories related to aspects of amphibian and reptile husbandry. If you don’t find your question answered here, feel free to contact me and I will do my best to get back to you.
Terrariums, Vivariums, and Enclosures
- How do I get rid of waste left by my frog in a living terrarium?
- What type of lighting should be used for frogs? Compact fluorescent or incandescent bulbs?
- Can you use coconut husk fiber to grow aquatic plants in a paludarium?
- What species should I keep in my new vivarium? And, is the smell of silicone safe?
- How much moisture does a toad need in its cage?
- How do I heat a terrarium for poison dart frogs?
- Can you run down step by step how to make a foam background?
Keeping Different Species Together
- What species of frogs and toads can be placed in the same enclosure?
- Can I keep fire-bellied toads and fire-bellied newts together?
- What size aquarium do I need for three types of dart frogs?
- Is a 70 gallon aquarium large enough to keep dart frogs and anoles together?
- A turtle, an anole, and a sick tree frog
- Can I keep fish with my frogs in a semi-aquatic setup?
Health, Medical and Behavioral Issues
- Why is my frog having difficult catching prey? Why is its mouth always hanging open?
- What is this pink clear sac thing hanging from my tree frog’s rear end?
- Why did my fire-bellied toad die? Should I euthanize the other one?
- Why is my tree frog sleeping on the ground?
- My green tree frog has marks developing on her back. What’s wrong?
- My frog has a wound on it. Is there an ointment or medicine I can use?
- Escaped fire-bellied toad
- Why are my salamander’s eyes cloudy?
- Why isn’t my salamander eating? Is it shedding its skin?
- What is wrong with my turtle’s flaking shell?
Diets, Food and Feeding
- Can I let my tree frogs feed on demand with free roaming crickets?
- Can I feed my leopard frog freeze dried crickets or prepared diets instead of live ones?
- How do I feed a young tree frog that is too small to eat crickets?
- What to do about a turtle that is a picky eater?
- I held my toad and it stopped eating. Why did it stop eating and what should I do?
Tadpole and Froglet Care
- What do I feed tadpoles that just turned into tiny frogs?
- How do I take care of baby toads? Why are they all dying?
- What kind of tadpole is this? How do I take care of it? Can I release it?
- I collected tadpoles from my swimming pool and they are now frogs. What do I feed them?