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RE: Leopard Frog Care

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Posted by: anuraanman at Sat Aug 25 20:56:57 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by anuraanman ]  
   

Just curious, where did you find this particular pond? Northern Leopard Frogs had very high numbers of mal-formities about 10 years ago and it's still being worked on. It would be quite interesting if high levels of mal-formities began to crop up in Southern Leopard Frogs as well.

I've never cared for this species for very long. As a kid I had a Northern Leopard Frog that had 3 extra mangled mutated legs sticking out of its chest but if I remember correctly I eventually let it go. Leopard Frogs are a grassland species and it may be difficult to mimic that exact habitat type. In looking into it, this website does a pretty good job at explaining how a tank should be set up:
http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/frogsandtoads/a/leopardfrogs.htm

It mentions that a UV light is not required and while that is probably true, I would highly recommed picking one up and mounting it a few feet above the enclosure. Also, it specifies that 10 gallons is large enough and that is just fine and dandy for a young frog like yours but once it gets a couple inches long I would personally upgrade to a sretched 20 gallon tank or larger. It mentions that depth is not important, it's surface area. With tanks larger than 10 gallons there are often a few dimension options -- don't bother with the tall ones, try to get one that's longer or wider. That being said, for your little guy, you won't have to worry about it too much. If he/she lives long enough to require more space, you can worry about that when the time comes.

Would you mind posting any pics? The leopard frog malformities interest me...


   

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