How Much Does a Pet Frog Cost

How Much Does a Pet Frog Cost

Have you ever considered keeping a pet frog? You should! Frogs make for a great pet because they are relatively low maintenance and rather cost-effective. Many people would like to become frog owners but down know the kind of expenses that come with it. So, having this question I did some research and then wrote it down to share the information with all of you.

So, how much does a pet frog cost? Normally a common frog will cost about 10 dollars. The more rare frogs can cost up to 90 dollars up front (without a terrarium, food, bedding). The total price of buying a pet frog will usually cost around 250 dollars.

250 dollars seems like a big investment, but broken down it is very affordable and worth it. Knowing the price when you first buy a pet frog is great, but frogs live for quite a while so it is also great to know the expenses of a pet frog can be long term. In this article, you’ll find more information about the cost of buying a pet frog for the first time, what they cost in the long term and what types of frogs you can own.

What Do I Need For My Pet Frog And What Does it All Cost

First, we need to know which frogs make good pets. Listed below are five frogs that make great pets and are also easy for a beginner. I will also tell you how much it will cost to own such a frog.

African Dwarf Frog (Hymenochirus boettgeri)
African Dwarf frogs make great pets! They are the only aquatic frog on this list. Although there are more aquatic species around, I found that none of them are so easy to care for as the African Dwarf Frog. This frog is very popular on the market and as such are relatively easy to find.

When purchasing an African Dwarf frog, you would generally have to pay only $3,99 at a store like Petsmart.

Red-Belly Toad (Bombina bombina)
The Red-Belly toads tend to be known as the second best beginners pet frog. The Red-Belly toad makes such a great pet because it is easy to care for and it also requires almost no space. A 10-gallon critter cage will be enough by far.

They usually cost a little bit more than African Dwarf frogs, and their prices lay around 15 dollars.

Pacman Frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli)
Pacman frogs are so cute! They make for the most adorable pet snakes (my opinion of course!) They look amazing, its fun to watch them eat but above all, they are super easy to care for. They spend most of their time burrowed into the substrate, so you won’t see them moving around very often. But when you do get to observe them, it is all worth it!

When purchasing a Pacman frog, you would generally have to pay around 25 dollars.

American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
The American Toad has to be one of the easiest to take care of. They eat almost anything you put in front of them and require very little space (a 10-gallon terrarium would be more than enough). That is why the American toad is one of the best frogs for beginners.

When purchasing an American toad, you would typically have to pay around 12 to 15 dollars.

But, I have to mention that you won’t find many stores to buy them from. See, in many states, it is illegal to breed or sell native species (that is also why it is almost always easier to find exotic species). If you want an American toad, your best chance is to get it as a tadpole/froglet. So, take a venture into the wild and collect your tadpole!

Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)
I have spent some time debating with my friends whether or not to put this frog on the list. Because they are somewhat easy to take care of, but they are a bit more complicated than the average toad. Also, when I consider a frog “easy,” I look at how much time it costs to maintain them and how delicate they are. The Gray Tree frog is fairly hardy, and besides that, the Gray Tree frog is a beautiful tree frog for beginners.

To buy a Gray tree frog, you would normally have to pay around 10 dollars.

How much do Terrariums cost and How do I tell Which Ones Are Good?

Now that we have gone over which frogs are the easiest to care for and how much they cost, it is essential to know about how much a good terrarium costs and where you can find good ones.

For most frogs, it is relatively easy to find a terrarium. But, there are a few questions that can help you discover which terrarium is the best.

The first thing you need to ask to make sure you are buying the right terrarium for your frog is: What kind of habitat do my frog need? Is it a terrestrial tank, an aquatic habitat, a half/half or is it an arboreal habitat.

Second, you need to know how big your frog is going to get so that you can be sure that you buy a big enough terrarium for your frog.

The third thing you want to ask yourself is if you want to start with a small terrarium and have it grow with your frog(s). There are some people that enjoy it this way, but know that it is a more expensive way and not necessary.

The last thing, but also one of the most important things is, research the frog you want to buy! Red-eyed tree frogs require a different terrarium than Pacman frogs. The one loves to climb in trees, and the other buries himself in the substrate most of the time. Do your research and buy accordingly.

So, what kind of terrarium is best? If you’re an Amazon shopper just like me, I will leave you some links below to two of my favorite terrariums.

  1. Aqueon Tank Black
  2. Exo Terra Allglass Terrarium

Those two are almost always good enough for most pet frogs!

How Much does a Substrate for Frogs Cost?

There are different substrates to choose from. Below are the ones I like most and are most suitable for a variety of frogs.

Coconut Fiber
Coconut Fiber is made from the husks of coconuts, and I think the most popular substrate for amphibians. It is cheap and readily available you can find it on Amazon for about 12 dollars.

Coco Husk
This is very similar to the coconut fiber, but this substrate is made in the form of chips (like wood chips). It is both great for retaining moisture as for creating air pockets so that your plant roots can grow. You can buy this for around 10 dollars.

Topsoil is probably one of the easiest and cheapest to use. Where I live, a bag of 40 lb costs just a bit more than 2 dollars. This can vary depending on where you live, but this should be readily available.

How Much Do Branches For Decoration Cost

A great way to improvise and create something awesome in your terrarium is wood. Frogs use branches and logs mostly for hiding and for climbing so go nuts and make a great looking and wonderful terrarium for your frog! Below I will list some of the best types of wood to use in your terrarium. You can buy these logs and branches online and can be sure that they are safe to use because normally they are processed for the amphibian habitat.

Cork Bark
This is a fire resistant and non-toxic wood which is made from the popular cork oak tree. It is very easy to maintain, and you can decorate the enclose nicely with it. Different branches usually cost around $25 per branch.

Heat lamps For Frogs
Heating the terrarium is very important. However, it isn’t as simple as just putting a heat mat under the enclosure and let it be that way. You want your frogs to stay warm, but not so warm that it is bad for their health. For different species of frogs, there are different kinds of heating possibilities.

For species like the Pacman Frog or Tomato Frog, they are great, and you can buy them for about $17.

Heat lamps are also a great option. But the downside to using a heat lamp is the fact that it can dry out your terrarium pretty fast. There are plenty of options when we talk about heat lamps. The main thing you have to know is that it mostly will be a mix of UVA and UVB light. Some frogs don’t require UVB light, and because of this, you need to know which lamp you need.
A heat lamp costs around $17.

Cost of Frog Food

Frogs are carnivores (something you might already know), this means that they eat meat. They eat all sorts of stuff like flies, mosquitoes, moths, grasshoppers, worms or even small snakes and mice. The most important thing to know is what is right for your frog. Do some research about your frog and find out what it likes best. I can’t give a price for this because it varies per species.

I hope by now you know how much a pet frog costs. Don’t be afraid of the cost. You are getting a fantastic pet and years of fun in return for it!

Related Questions

What is the average lifespan of a frog? The average lifespan of a frog is about 4 to 15 years when held in captivity. Frogs in the wild tend to get a little less old, and the lifespan is about 5 to 8 years.

Can I start with any frog? Sure you can start with any frog. But know that some frogs are easier to maintain than others. In the beginning of this article, I have listed several frogs that are easy to maintain and start with. The frogs are: African Dwarf Frog (Hymenochirus boettgeri), Red-Belly Toad (Bombina bombina), Pacman Frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli), American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus), Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)