Posted Apr 05, 2014
Michigan J. Frog found us during a late night camping trip, making himself known by jumping enthusiastically out of my sister's sleeping bag. His "lot" consisted of a makeshift, roofless cage made out of chicken wire with a floor covered in sand, leaves, paper and plenty of wet grass. With no roof and no reason to keep him locked up, I'd often find him sitting quietly near the kitchen sink, patiently gazing out of the window. Even though he never really knew how to get back to his cage, he was overall pretty intelligent for a wild, untrained frog. Michigan literally ate anything that moved, which was mostly crickets and other insects that were dropped into his lot, and likely the occasional spider he came across on his wild adventures. One time I found him sitting near the fish aquarium, water dripping off his back, and I looked over to count the fish. Sure enough, he must have pushed the cover off, then jumped in to grab one of the goldfish! After that I stopped letting him roam around so much, as to discourage predatory behavior against my other pets. There's a lot of misinformation about bullfrogs being bad pets, but don't let that hinder your view of them! If you're looking for a quiet, clean and friendly animal, then bullfrogs make a great choice, although the overall lifespan for mine was quite low. I had Michigan for about 3 years before he died, but the fact he was rescued from a lake might have some influence over his short life. That all being said, I think they make great pets and try to convince people who mention getting one to go through with it.