How to Keep
Your New Budgett's Frog
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Budgett's frog -- one different looking frog.
Introduction. We ran across these guys somewhat accidentally. One of our customers requested one. We'd never seen or heard of one before, so we started keeping our eyes peeled for them (not as painful as it sounds). We finally found a source and ordered one. Big mistake. We should have ordered more than one. They're cute little devils. Then our source "dried up" and we couldn't find any more for at least a year. When we saw them listed again, we ordered two. Another "not enough" mistake. They were another special order and gone almost instantly. Note: We don't order amphibians every week because of the shipping charges. Then a month later we had enough room to order more. Ta da ...
Shipping. We rarely ship critters ourselves because of all the hoops we have to climb thru -- weather, shipping schedules and restrictions, and so forth. When our new Budgett's arrived, they were in little deli cups with air holes punched in the sides and filled with moist peat moss and each Budgett's frog in its own container. This kept them moist and healthy during their voyage.
Cage Size. Like the horned frogs and pyxies, these guys don't need a great deal of room when small. In fact, the larger the cage you give them, the harder it is to keep clean. The cage we keep ours in is bare bones. On our little guy, we clean his water bowl every day. It's easy to just dump his water, wash the bowl, and replace with water from a nearby fish tank. The cleaning process does not appear to bother him (he's always smiling). He will need a larger cage as he grows. Larger cages become very difficult to clean.
Sexing. Breeding size female Budgett's frogs have a white throat. Males have a black throat. Females grow considerably larger.
Handling. Wet your hand before handling frogs. Your dry skin can injure their tender epidermis. And don't use hand lotion or other weird stuff before you grab any amphibian. Take extra care with Budgett's frogs because they will bite you. Usually they warn you first by screaming at you, but they adapt to you and quit screaming first. Think of them as a hungry turtle. Smart people don't stick their fingers in a turtle's mouth. Grab your frog from the back, not the front. Oh, by the way, if he bites you, you will not die. Just relax . Don't teach him to fly.
Breeding. Many herptiles need a period of estivation to trip their breeding trigger. In the wild (Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia) Budgett's frogs spend the nine-month dry season hunkered in their bunkers underground. They burrow into the mud and secrete a mucous like "cocoon" that keeps them from drying out. After the long estivation, the pitter-patter of falling rain triggers them to emerge at the same time it triggers their urge to merge. Females lay over a thousand eggs that hatch in two days. The cannibalistic tadpoles eat each other and become frogs in two weeks -- which probably puts them on their parents' menu du jour. They eat November, December, and January and then dig (butt first) back into their skin-made underground bunkers.
Estivation Tips. To encourage estivation, you'll want to start cutting back on their food -- no hearty last meals. Then, some froggers drop them into three inches of dry sand. Seems harsh, but if it works, why not? If you want to increase your Budgett's frog herd, you'll need to estivate your potential breeders. Of course you'll need at least one of each sex. Females will breed at one year of age, but the froggers say two years works better.
Longevity. Budgett's frogs live some 10 to 12 years. Some controversy revolves around whether they need the estivation period or not. They seem to live longer with it -- what a perfect pet for people that can take long vacations.
Attitude. Budgett's frogs don't seem to roam around too much on land. They're maybe more mobile in the water. However, they're perfectly content to just loaf on the shore and wait for you to deliver their groceries. You can drop in their food or they will learn to eat from your fingers. Tongs are for sissies (well, they're okay for feeding big tegus).
Threats. In the wild, Budgett's frogs need to fear other Budgett's frogs, turtles, large fish, and especially frog-eating birds. In captivity, their biggest threats are dirty water and MBD (metabolic bone disease). Frogs absorb water from their skin. Budgett's eat a lot and thus excrete a lot. Change their water a lot. Fast-growing critters need lots of calcium for their bones. Give them bony foods like fish and mice. If you feed yours crickets, feed your crickets calcium-rich foods.
Foods. Budgett's frogs will eat mostly any animal they can put their huge mouths around -- earthworms, crickets, feeder fish, mice, frogs, mealworms, waxworms, snails, tadpoles, grasshoppers, mantids, slugs or whatever.
Mealtime Manners. Budgett's frogs open their mouth wide, looking much like a cartoon. They then slam their mouths shut like a mouse trap (which in some cases it is). If they miss on the first snap, they keep snapping until their perceived prey winds up inside instead of outside.
Budgett's frogs make an easy-to-keep critter for amphibian
keepers beyond the clawed frog stage -- if you can find room in
your budget for a Budgett.
They cost a bit more, but they're worth it. LA
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