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egamdliw
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# Posted: 2 Aug 2011 07:08 · Edited by: egamdliw


I've recently aquired what I believe is a baby bullfrog. I got him from a local pet store for free because he had came in with their minnows. I had planned on keeping him till he was a bit bigger then releasing him in the creek behind the house, since bullfrogs grow so big. He is about 1 1/2" long at the moment. I got him when he still had a tail, but he has now absorbed it, from what I can tell. I was wondering what sort of habitat he should be in? I assume he needs land and water. But how deep and how much water should he have? He seems to really like to swim and will sit underwater most of the time. He barely comes out to the land. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions?

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/65889423@N05/60013250 60/in/photostream/
He may not actually be a bullfrog...

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 2 Aug 2011 12:28


If it's an American Bull Frog, you will need a huge habitat for it. It is recommended to get something that is at least 6 feet long, (around 100+ gallons). American Bull frogs are big jumpers and can jump 6 feet. They are pretty wild even when they are youngsters too.
Your froggy will like something that is semi aquatic, 50/50 land to water ratio. It is easy to do this, just go to a glass cutter and have them cut you a piece of glass to section off part of the tank. Be sure to ask them to file the edges down, as you don't want their skin (or yours!) to get cut.
Go to the hardware store and pick up some GE Silicon II for Windows and Doors, and silicone the piece of glass in place. You can also go to the pet shop and pick up some aquarium silicone there, but the GE Silicon II is the same and is much cheaper. Be sure not to buy the GE Silicone II for Kitchen and Bathrooms.

I'm not sure if it is an American Bull Frog or not though, could be something similar like a Leopard Frog or a Pickerel Frog.
You'll be able to house them in something smaller then, at least a 20 gallon, but a 40 gallon breeder IMO will be much more fun to decorate and set up.
I had a juvenile American Bull frog for a time, and found that keeping him in a terrarium that has front opening doors was much more user friendly, as he was a good jumper, and every time I would try and open a top lid, he would jump up and out. The Exoterra 36x18x18 is what I kept him in and it worked great.

If you want to put some live plants in the tank, go with something hardy. Pothos is usually a good choice, as it can be terrestrial or aquatic. Also look into getting some duck weed or water lettuce, they are floating aquatic plants.
Or you could always go with silk plants.

egamdliw
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# Posted: 2 Aug 2011 17:21


What sort of substrate would you recommend? I think he might look more like a leapard frog.. I assume he needs an area with water and land? Should there be gravel, coconut bark, tropical soil,...?

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 2 Aug 2011 23:29 · Edited by: Sandy_Bear


For substrate you will want to use Coco-Fiber/Coco-Coir or Plantation Soil by Exoterra, (which can be bought in bricks at the pet shop or garden center; it's pulverized/finely ground up coconut husks) or Peat Moss (which can be bought at the garden center, just make sure that there is no chemicals in it). You can also mix these two together.
CocoFiber Bricks By Exoterra
CocoFiber in Bag By Exoterra


Bad Substrates:
No Bark: Impaction hazard
No Coco Husks: Impaction hazard
No Sphagnum Moss: Impaction Hazard
No Pebbles or rocks small enough to be ingested: Impaction Hazard
No Soils with chemicals in it: Could Poison your frog
No Reptile Carpet: Is abrasive and can irritate your frogs delicate skin.

Other:
You can also buy or collect live moss and put it in your terrarium. Living moss is fine as it's rooted.
I do believe macspoison on this forum sells some really nice terrarium moss.

Have you treated your frog for Chytrid Fungus yet? This is important to do, as it's very prominent in the CB and WC frogging communities. It is not hard to do, but does take a few days to get done.
For frogs, it's the equivalent of getting your dog/cat it's rabies shot.
Chytrid Fungus Treatment
It is also a good idea to find out if there are any vets in your area that will see your frog. It's better to locate one and not need it, then find out down the road that you need one and don't know where to go. Also make sure to ask them what they charge to see a frog. It's usually not too bad, $150 is average. I've paid 50-300$ to fix some of my frogs.

I think he might look more like a leapard frog..
I have a frog book at home, called "the Frogs and Toads of North America" and there were several types of Leopard Frogs in there, to me, he looked most like the pictures of the Southern Leopard Frog. Again, not 100% sure on the ID, some more pictures in different positions will help with a more positive ID We love pictures on here


This is my 72 gallon breeder tank that I had set up for my Dwarf Pyxie Frogs - just to help give you some ideas to start with

egamdliw
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# Posted: 3 Aug 2011 03:32


Thank you so much for all your help! I will definitely have to make myself a tank like yours. And you're right. I looked up some pictures of young Southern Leopard frogs and they do look like him.

bschwinn
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# Posted: 3 Aug 2011 04:54


How about a pickeril frog, looks similar.

dcravens
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# Posted: 3 Aug 2011 15:45


The white spot in the tympanum makes me think southern leopard


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