Acquired: Pet store
New Jersey, United States
Posted Aug 20, 2015
Yes, I was immediately drawn in by this tiny adorable aquatic frog in the clear plastic cube with the bamboo plant. I am a sixth grade teacher and this seemed like a perfect low-maintenance classroom pet for our students.
We named our frog Pip, and the whole class thoroughly enjoyed the darting and swimming activity…possibly timed with exciting moments during classroom instruction. Pip was easy to feed, fun to watch, and it was simple to keep the habitat clean (though at times he ignored his food which resulted in additional water cleanings).
The tragedy of this story is that the furnace in the building broke during a weekend in the winter months, and the temperature dropped to the 50s. I have to assume this was the reason that Pip didn’t look so good the next week and died in the middle of a school day with the students watching. Thankfully, 12 year-olds are not traumatized by such an occurrence. I, on the other hand, was quite sad and guilt-ridden over the circumstances. As much as I wanted to run out and buy another dwarf frog (and I might possibly entertain the idea in the future), I really felt horrible and irresponsible about Pip’s demise.
I highly recommend this delightful water creature as a solo pet or an addition to a tank (with friendly fish roommates!) as an easy-care entertaining pet, as long as you can guarantee an optimal environment at all times. Cold-blooded creatures can be hardy, but not impervious.