When deciding to get a frog, toad, newt, or salamander, you have to keep in mind that your new amphibian likes a little surf and turf in his living environment. In addition to basic pet supplies, your new little guy needs what is called a semi-aquatic environment. This is a terrarium that should be a mix of land and water. That includes what would be considered a house for your new pet, as well as a water area.

Before deciding to get a new pet amphibian, you must take a look at your budget.  The overall cost of owning an amphibian is at least 2x -4x the cost of the little guy – this estimate helps make sure you can  afford to create the optimal environment. You can  jeopardize the life of your new pet if you do not investigate what is needed for your amphibian’s home. Without all the proper pet supplies, your amphibian can have health problems or, in some cases, pass away.

You do not have to go broke to own an amphibian. You can find some great deals, especially at PetSolutions, that will keep you on a low budget while still creating the optimal environment.

There are two very important items you need to keep in mind when bringing your new pet home:

  1. Your amphibian will be skittish and nervous the first few days in his new enclosure. Do not handle your new pet within the first 24 hours. This period is when your amphibian is adapting to his new environment. After the first few days, you should take gradual steps in handling your new pet. As always, precautions should be taken when handling. Tree frogs have different handling needs than newts – make sure you know the best way to handle your amphibian.
  2. Lock your enclosure. All habitats should be equipped with a locking lid or door. All enclosures need to be escape proof. It is instinctual for any kind of amphibian to escape, even through seemingly impossible small openings.

Building your new environment can be lots of fun. You will enjoy exploring all of the choices and options in building a natural terrain for your little amphibian. If you are beginner, I suggest researching and understanding all of your options. Best of luck!

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About The Author Kristen Sydelko

Kristen is the Web Coordinator at PetSolutions. She has over 5 years of experience working in the pet care industry, with many more years of pet ownership experience! When not at PetSolutions, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family (which includes an extremely spoiled Lab mix), crafting, and trying to decide when to set her fish tank back up.

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