Do Frogs Bite (And Does it Hurt When They Do)?

Do Frogs Bite (And Does it Hurt When They Do)?

Frogs are great pets and therefore very common, and consequently, their bites are also common. So how exactly should you go about a frog bite? Does it hurt, which frogs bite and what should you do when you get bitten? Well, the answer is found in this article!

Do frogs bite? Yes, there are some frog species that will bite you when they feel threatened or mistake your hand for food. The frogs who bite are 1. African Bullfrog 2. Pacman frog 3. Budgett’s frog. Other frogs most likely won’t bite but will try to wiggle away and pee a lot.

Why Do Frogs Bite And Does it Hurt?


Normally there are only 2 reasons why a frog would bite you. They can feel threatened by you and therefore use a bite as a defense mechanism, or, they can bite you when you try to feed your frog out of your hand and your frog mistakenly bites your finger instead of the food you’re trying to give. Let’s explore these 2 reasons a bit further:

  • The defense mechanism
    A frog can feel threatened by you and therefore bite you to defend himself. However, this almost never happens with frogs. One of the few species that do bite are the Pacman frogs. They have small and sharp teeth that can hurt you and the bite can even draw a little blood. But, most of the time they will not bite their keeper. The best thing you can do is let the frog get used to you and let it be near you so that it isn’t afraid of you anymore.

  • Mistake your hand for food (and what to do about it)
    The second reason for getting bitten by a frog is about food. I think you can imagine that if you try to hand feed your frog, he can mistake your hand for the food and bite you instead of the food. When you do get bitten, you have to be very careful about what you do. You don’t want to shake your hands hard so that the frog falls off and maybe hurts itself. Keep calm and he will eventually let go.


There is a simple solution to such a bite and that is to feed your frogs with tongs. In this way, you are safe from a bite and you can feed your frog in a normal and calm manner.

Does Every Frog Bite (And Which Frogs Are Known For Their Bite)


No most certainly not. Almost no frogs bite. But there are exceptions to the rule and in my research, for you, I found 3 frogs that do bite. Below I’ll tell you which frogs bite if it hurts and other information I could find.

The 3 frogs that are known to bite you are:

African Bullfrog
The African bullfrog or better known as the Pyxicephalus adspersus, can bite you when you don’t expect it. A friend of mine has been bitten while moving his baby frog in his feeding bin. Although it drew a little blood, it didn’t hurt but it scared the hell out of him. Now, I don’t say “baby” frog for nothing. The African bullfrog has tooth-like jaw spikes and isn’t afraid to use them while defending himself or when provoked. This can seriously hurt you and you need to treat your frog with caution.

Always wanted to know how an African Bullfrog bite looked like? Below is a youtube video of such a bite. I hope you’re just as scared as me!


Pacman frogs
Pacman frogs also belong in this little list because I know for a fact that they can bite. I even wrote an entire article about the bite of a Pacman frog. Pacman frogs can bite for similar reasons as the African Bullfrog. When they mistake your hand for food or when they feel threatened. Now the Pacman frog may look cute and innocent to you, but this doesn’t mean that his bite won’t hurt. His teeth can hurt you very well and they can bite with a force up to 30 newtons (this is about 3 kilograms or 6.6 pounds).

Do you want to see a Pacman frog bite? Look at the youtube video below and find out why I say that a bite can hurt you.


Budgett’s frogs
The Budgett’s frog does not only bite, but he does something more that is quite interesting. When the frog is threatened by a predator, he will raise up on its legs and make himself as large as possible. He does this to scare off his predator in the hope that he isn’t the one being attacked. The Budgett’s frog even goes so far that he may lunge for the perceived predator, start making noises and bite.

As with the other frogs, Budgett’s frogs can also bite when you try to hand feed him. The advice I gave about this with the other frogs is also applicable here. Feed your frog with tongs so that you can be sure that you’re both safe.

Have you ever seen a Budgett’s frog bite someone? Take a look below at the Youtube video and prepare to be amazed.


The Budgett’s frog is not one of the most common pet frogs, but the ones that do keep them seem to be very pleased with them! If you want to find out what kind of frogs are common as a pet frog you can read it in this article I wrote.

Does a Bite From a Frog Hurt?


This depends on how hard the frog bites you. I can’t say that it won’t hurt you ever because as you’ve read the Pacman frog can bite with a force that will certainly hurt you and can even draw some blood. You always have to remain cautious when working with animals.

What To Do When a Frog Bites You


A few things are key here to ensure the safety of you and your frog. It can be so that a frog bites you but the most important thing you have to remember is that you have to stay very calm. A frog bite can scare the hell out of you and that can lead to some behaviors that aren’t handy with a frog. Here are some things that you have to know.

1) Keep calm and don’t start shaking with your hand
I know that it is a normal reaction to get your hand away, but you have to keep calm. When you try to get your finger back with a heavily shaking your hand, you can hurt the frog. It may happen that when you shake really hard, the frog let’s go and flies a couple of feet through the air and then landing on the ground. I think I don’t have to tell you that this isn’t a pleasant thing for your frog and therefore you have to stay calm. Keep your hand in the tank (or where you have been bitten) and see if you can calm the frog by stroking it or just wait it out for a bit. Normally the frog will let go of you.

2) Be aware that it can happen.
If you’re aware of the fact that a bite can happen, you will not scare so easily and react in a calm manner. Know that when you wiggle your finger in front of his mouth that he can and sometimes will bite.

Conclusion

There are only a couple species of frogs that bite and they can hurt you. A bite from a frog can draw some blood and be painful. That is why you have to keep in mind to keep calm when it happens. Don’t wiggle your finger in front of your frog’s mouth, and when you feed it, feed it with tongs. This is the safest way for you and your frog.