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A Set-up Guide for Your New Pixie Frog

Tips for home, health and fun


Five things to know about your pixie frog

  • Pixie frogs can live up to 20 years
  • They can grow about nine inches long
  • They need both water and land areas in their habitat
  • They’re not to be trusted with roommates — they’ll eat them if they get a chance
  • They’re best for pet parents with some previous experience

Your pixie frog’s habitat

Pixie frogs will eat other pixie frogs or any other animals you put in their home — even larger ones! So it’s best to let the little predators live alone.

A pixie frog’s terrarium should be at least 10 gallons with a screened lid.

Choosing habitat décor for your frog

  • Line the bottom of the terrarium with 2 to 3 inches of coconut-fiber or bark bedding — frogs enjoy burrowing in it. Scoop the poop at least once a week and change out the bedding completely once a month.
  • Provide a large, shallow bowl of water for your pixie frog to soak in; or push the bedding to one side of the terrarium and let it slope down into a water area. (They’ll get their own private beach!)
  • Stock the terrarium with live or artificial branches for hiding and climbing.
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Heat & lights

  • Pixie frogs are nocturnal, meaning they’re more active at night. They don’t require sunlight, but they do need lighting that mimics a day and a night cycle in their habitat. If they’re in a dim room, light the terrarium for 12 hours a day with a fluorescent bulb.
  • At night, switch to a night-specific bulb so you can watch your frog with minimum disturbance.
  • Your frog’s terrarium should range between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and 65 F to 75 F at night. If necessary, use a heat bulb or a night-specific heat lamp to maintain habitat warmth. A thermometer at each end of the habitat will help you monitor the temperature.
  • Humidity levels should be between 50% and 80%. Use a hygrometer — a device that measures humidity — to help keep track.
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Help keep your pixie frog healthy

Pixie frogs need Vitamin D in their diet.

Try not to handle new pixie frogs for three or four days to give them a chance to get acclimated to their new surroundings. Whether your frog is new or settled-in, be sure to contact a vet if you notice any of these symptoms of illness or distress:

  • More time spent hiding
  • Eating or drinking less; weight loss
  • Discolored skin
  • Swollen joints
  • Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
  • Runny droppings for more than two days
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