How to Care for a Striped Marsh Frog

Striped marsh frogs are a species of small frog from Australia that is very common as a pet. They are easy to care for, and can live for over eight years.


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    Choose the proper enclosure for your marsh frog. The enclosure must be waterproof, escape-proof, and non-toxic. A 20 gallon (75.7 L) 'long' aquarium will happily hold four of these frogs, but remember that these frogs can jump quite high and any loose, non-locking lids will need to be taped or weighed down.
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    Maintain the proper environment for your frog while he is with you. The temperature in the tank should not drop below 45°F (8°C) and not go above 77°F (25°C). Temperatures are preferred around the middle of this spectrum. These frogs do not need special UVB lighting, but a photo cycle, or night and day, should be provided using regular lighting.
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    Provide lots of water for swimming in your tank by making a low barrier using a piece of plexiglass and aquarium silicon, and filling one side of the barrier with dechlorinated water. Remember to change this water often, and even more often if you do not provide a filter. These frogs do not like currents so a strong filter should be avoided. Provide several resting places in the water and a ramp up to the land area of the tank.
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    Maintain the land area in your tank as well as the water area. The land area should be well-drained and kept moist. Use a substrate like peat or rain forest bedding to provide a moist land area for your frogs. Remember that frogs like hiding places, so cover the land with small rocks, leaf litter, and logs.
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    Feed the right foods to your marsh frog. Provide them with insects dusted with a calcium and D3 mixture. Suitable foods for young frogs include crickets and flies, and should be available at all times. Older frogs have a habit of eating anything they can fit in their mouths, and so should be fed about 15% of their body size in food three times a week. Remember to remove all dead food from the tank!


  • Always try to purchase your marsh frog from a reputable breeder. Do not collect your frog from the wild.


  • Striped marsh frogs may be illegal where you live. Check up on your local and state laws to see what species you are allowed to keep!

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