Acquired: Online breeder / seller
Posted Feb 09, 2014
When I was less than 10 years old and very interested in amphibians, my mother got me a baby frog through a mail order company. It seemed very strange at the time, and no less so now, but my little African Clawed Frog doesn't seem to have suffered at all from the experience. I'm 30 years old now and he's still with me and if I'm to believe what I've read, he might still be with me for another ten years. He is an aquatic frog, which means that in general I don't have a lot of physical interaction with him, and I only really need to handle him when cleaning his cage, but he doesn't give me too much trouble about catching him in my hands. As far as the negatives of a pet like him, I would say that cage cleaning is less than fun and he can get to smell pretty bad if left too long without cleaning. And if you're looking for a pet you can really play with, this guy is not going to be right for you. However, for the past 20+ years I have enjoyed his company in other ways. When he is especially happy, for example when his aquarium has just been cleaned, he makes a very cute little croaking noise. It isn't loud or perisistent, just soft and pleasant. And he does have some personality, swimming towards you when he knows you're going to feed him or stretching out his toes so that he can touch the floor of his tank and stick his nose out of the water. He's a cute little guy, too, though not very flashy or colorful. He makes a good pet for a child, too, since all you really have to do is feed him pellet fish food and clean the tank out every once in a while. He's quite small, too, so a two or three gallon tank is really all he needs so he doesn't take up too much space. Not to mention, he's a good conversation starter! All in all, he's a fun, different and interesting pet and I'm glad to have him around.