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Five Cruelty-Free Ways to Keep Frogs in Your Home

The following article was written by Keegan Baur. 

Are you a frog fiend? When you see a little green body with cute webbed feet and endearing, bulging eyes, do you have to fight the urge to leap for joy? Because frogs are so irresistible, it’s not surprising that people want to have them in their homes. But satisfying one’s personal desire at the cost of another creature’s freedom is not the answer.

For years, complaints have poured in to PETA about the tens of thousands of African dwarf frogs who are sold as decorations in tiny plastic prisons, often called “EcoAquariums” or “Frog-O-Spheres,” by various retailers in malls and stores across the U.S. and Canada. PETA’s investigation of Wild Creations—a supplier of these small plastic cubes that confine two frogs in just a few ounces of water—revealed filthy conditions, starvation, and mistreatment of frogs at its warehouse in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Kept in stressful conditions and stagnant water that was murky with feces and molted skin, many animals resorted to cannibalism. Live frogs were left on the floor to die or, mistaken for dead, were tossed into the trash.

In order to help us save more frogs from suffering this terrible fate, we need you to speak up for them by urging retailers to ban the sale of EcoAquariums.

Spread the word among your family and friends that if they love frogs, buying an EcoAquarium or a Frog-O-Sphere is not the way to show their affection! The following are five types of products that you can use to show everyone how much you adore frogs—without causing harm to any animals:

1. Entryway Décor

Use the “Welcome to My Pad” keyholder to let everyone know as soon as they walk in the door that frogs are your thang. It’s quirky, fun, and totally unique. Oh, and if you want to make sure that your neighbors don’t miss the message, you can throw in a matching garden flag for good measure.

 

 

2. Bathroom Décor

Keep the kiddies squeaky clean with this frog soap dispenser and frog bath toy storage unit.

 

3. Jewelry

For the girl who dreams of fairytales and frog princes, get a funky pair of smiling frog earrings. Or for the more “mature” woman (who may or may not still dream of meeting her Prince Charming), try these green aventurine lily pad earrings, which would go perfectly with a lovely art nouveau jewelry box.

4. Cuddly Stuff

Let the frog pillow pal give you the warm fuzzies, or keep your tootsies toasty with a couple of frog slippers.

5. Figurines

 

Decorate your mantle with a whimsical frog figurine. I like Buddhist frogspiano-playing frogs, and frogs who daydream.

Do you have any frog-friendly décor in your life?

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  • Mimi says:

    I have an American Bullfrog, that I wish my daughter would not have brought her home because I am not comfortable having it around. The frog was actually saved. It was specifically bred among other frogs for use in dissection. My daughter saved it. I am grateful to have a daughter who is as conscious of animals as I am. I went to the pet store and a woman who was in the store and conscious about our environment said that I should not let the animal back into the wild, because Southern California is not a place for American Bullefrogs (what I have), as it will attack and eat the small indigenous animals we have around here. What do you suggest?

  • Suzy says:

    Unfortunately, Myrtle Beach seems to be well morally bankrupt when it comes to small pets.

    Being a large tourist destination, the majority of beach stores (Wings, Eagles, and others)sell Hermit Crabs (technically, you buy the “habitat”, which is one of those half-gallon, vent-lidded containers that retail stores used to send fish home in.) Some stores go as far as to custom paint the shells (with the crabs inside) for an additional price. I’ve also seen these stores selling baby sand sharks, both alive and suspended in preservative. The majority of these animals will never make it back from peoples homes, as they are simply on vacation and can’t be bothered to care for animal.

  • Ashley-P says:

    Christopher: Unfortunately, setting them free isn’t a good option as they would suffer greatly in the wild, and since they are not native to your area, they might pose a risk to local ecology. However, you can improve the lives of these frogs in captivity: African dwarf frogs do really well in at least a 10 gallon tank (with a lid), kept between temperatures of 72F-82F, with live plants to hide behind. African dwarf frogs must be fed at least once daily, especially juveniles (instructions that come with these frogs incorrectly claim that frogs only need to be fed twice weekly). Healthy African dwarf frogs are very active, especially at night, since they are nocturnal. Like all animal companions, African dwarf frogs require regular check-ups and prompt attention if they become ill.

  • Renata says:

    I have frogs … yes, in our pond in the garden, a wildlife friendly pond. They are so beautiful, I also put their photo on one of my professional websites.
    Once we were on the bus coming back home from a walk in the woods. I had picked up some fallen pieces of wood and suddenly a tiny, tiny frog jumped down on the floor. My husband kept the wood and I went around the bus to catch it. I managed to keep it in my hands and then in a pocket in my bag till home. I reliesed it in our garden near the pond (we couldn’t take it back). It looked at me for a while before jumping into the grass. I shall always remember its deep eyes looking inside me. It was emotional: they are beautiful. That one was as small as the nail of my thumb.

  • lisa says:

    i have never seen these in the shops but think its dicusting that the frogs r kept this way i have two african dwarf frogs in my tropical 21 gallon aquarium they have lived happalie in there for over 4 years now

  • Christopher says:

    For the people that own African Dwarf Frogs now in these eco-aquariums, how do they go about saving them? Can they be released? If they have to stay in these aquariums, should people buy larger aquariums for them to live in if they can’t be released in North American climates?

  • Sarah P says:

    I’ve seen the eco-aquariums and they have always worried me because I love frogs.
    I had 2 African dwarfs as pets. We raised them in science class and at the end of the school year I took them home. They had a nice big bowl that was regurally cleaned. I gave them a mixed selection of food and followed my teacher’s instuctions closely. They lived for quite a long time, and I cried when they eventually died.
    Unfortunately the one died while I was on vacation one year. The friend I left it with didn’t understand that her a/c would kill my poor frog.
    When my brother got his frogs, they died within months. He wasn’t as dedicated to them as I was.

  • Michelle says:

    There are 2 toy stores close to our home in Toronto…Mastermind and Scholar’s Choice that sell these “eco-aquariums”. I approached the managers at both locations about the cruelty involved and asked them if they’d consider removing them from their stores. In both situations they told me the were quite popular and intended to keep them on the shelf :( The ignorance of people makes me sick!! At least my chiildren will never have one!!!!!

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