Acquired: Pet store
Posted May 20, 2013
My 7 year old son does not want to clean up poop... so a puppy is out. The dilemma... he wants a "cool" pet. I have a strict rule about rodents of any kind, there will be NONE in my house. And birds are out too, I end up cleaning and just think its yucky!
SO, perfect solution for a kids bedroom... a fire bellied toad. You can find them at almost any major pet store chain. They are super low maintenance and cost virtually nothing to feed. They have proven in my home to be very hardy little buggers and we have since added 2 more toads to the family.
In place of buying a large or heavy aquarium, we just picked out a vented top carrier. Half the price and works great. You can get VERY fancy with a reptile habitat, let me tell you! But I let him pick out some rocks, we got a stone watering dish to use as the "pool" and a skeleton dino head ... VOILA! A fire bellied toad paradise! Of course, then my 5 year old girl needed her own toad.
I ended up buying a small vented, plastic carrier and now buy crickets once a week for our 3 toads. Fancy Nancy and Akari are now sharing a habitat, due to a cleaning accident that put them in the cage together for a couple weeks. When we split them up Fancy stopped eating (depressed?) so we got them a little bigger case and a new pink princess castle and they are both getting fatter every day! And we have added our 3rd toad, a brown top fire bellied toad named Camo, who now resides in Akari's old tank.
The cricket food cost about 5 dollars a jar (you can use apples and potatoes too, but they tend to drown in the water dishes so the gell food has worked best for us) but lasts for a couple months.
All in all, I could not be happier with our choice of starter pets. Fire bellied toads are not pets that you handle, but are very fun to look at. They are busy at night and really go after those crickets which is both cool and gross for kids watching! They are also very easy to maintain and clean up after, although you do have to watch the water levels in there tanks. It has been great to have the kids be responsible for cleaning out the dishes and feeding the toads. I would recommend this as a wonderful starter pet for any family that is tired of the goldfish dish but not quite ready to scoop poop!