Part of the fun and the challenge of having a pet frog is when they need to hibernate. Unlike other pet animals, your pet frog depends on its surroundings to regulate its tiny body’s temperature. So when the temperature gets cold during winter, some pet frog species slows down and some will completely halt and hibernate. If your pet frog is one of the hibernating kinds, it’s an exciting yet nervous moment for you, which you need to prepare for. Get a lowdown of how to help your pet frog to hibernate and keep them alive while hibernating below.
Common Hibernating Pet Frog
But first, do you even know what pet frog species go into hibernation? Maybe you’ll wait for your pet frog to shift into hibernating mode, which will never come because your pet frog species doesn’t go into hibernation in the first place. Below is a list of common pet frog species that go into winter hibernation.
1. Wood Frog
2. African and American Bullfrogs
3. Green Tree Frog
4. Pacman Frog
5. Tomato frog
Frogs and Toads
Although subtle, frogs and toads have difference, at least on their choice of habitat. Frogs like to live in water or near water, and some frog species live on trees, too. The toads on the other hand live on land, only going to watery places to lay their eggs. It’s important to make this distinction because your pet frog hibernates according to its wild habitat.
Different Pet Frog Hibernation
Frogs like bullfrogs and green frogs hibernate in the water directly. Unlike toads, they don’t burrow in the mud to hibernate. Instead, they settle in the bottom of a water body to wait out the winter. Tree frogs on the other hand hibernate by digging under dead leaves on the forest floor. Hibernating frogs shutdown most of their metabolism and starts breathing through their skin, letting oxygen permeate through their skin.
Toads have a different style of hibernation. They like to burrow in the soil to wait out the winter emerging from the burrow like zombies emerging from their cold graves. Some toads dig their own temporary graves while others look for pre-existing burrows and cracks on the grown.
Help Your Pet Frog Hibernate
Most pet frogs lost their ability to hibernate in your terrarium since they can’t feel the extreme drop in temperature inside your house. Especially if you keep their rations coming, they really can’t think of slowing down anymore. So you must help your pet frog hibernate to allow a sense of normalcy and maintain their natural characteristics. If you have a toad, there are ways you can induce it to hibernation during winter.
Here’s what you can do during winter.
1. Get a plastic container filled with moist peat moss or sterilized, soft soil.
2. Drill holes on the container to allow air to circulate.
3. Take the container out in the cold and put your pet frog in. If the outside temperature reaches 39 or 38 degrees Fahrenheit, the toad should willingly bury itself on the soil.
4. Leave the container outside, but make sure it’s out of reach of the snow.
5. After winter, wait for your frog to emerge when the temperature starts rising above 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pet Frog Care after Hibernation
Frogs that have newly risen from hibernation needs special care. What they need immediately is fresh water to replenish lost fluids and electrolytes in the body. They don’t need to gorge themselves with food. In fact, giving your frogs plenty of foods to eat after hibernation can harm them. Introduce food slowly, about a quarter of their weekly diet for a couple of weeks to allow their system to get used to digesting food again.