5 Best Pet Frogs for Beginners


What makes a good pet frog? These below frog species have been ranked by size, ease of care, personality, and availability.


Fire Bellied Toad Care
Fire Bellied Toad, photo by Roberto Verzo

Fire-Bellied Toad

The fire bellied toad is a great beginner frog for anyone looking into getting a pet frog. Even though they are considered ‘toads’, many people buy them as ‘pet frogs’ which is why they are on our list. They are fairly cheap averaging $8 a frog and are pretty hardy and cool to keep. They do better in communities, so it is recommended to get a few of them. Care and maintenance is quite easy.


Scientific Name: Bombina
Lifespan: Approximately 15 years based on proper care
Handling: Should only be handled when necessary
Care: Easy
Community: It is recommended to house multiple fire bellied toads together
Lifestyle: Diurnal, active during the day

Whites Tree Frog
Whites Tree Frog, photo by

Whites Tree Frog

The whites tree frog is the best type of frog to get if you are looking into getting a tree frog. They are by far the most popular tree frog out there due to their hardiness. Unlike other tree frogs, the whites tree frog is less likely to catch diseases. They also tolerate handling a little bit more than other frog species.


Scientific Name: Litoria caerulea
Lifespan: Approximately 16 years
Handling: Whites tree frogs may be handled occasionally
Size: Approximately 4 – 5 inches
Care: Easy
Community: You may house more than one white’s tree frog together if they are the same size
Lifestyle: Nocturnal, active at night

Tomato Frog
Tomato Frog, photo by Heather Paul

Tomato Frog

The tomato frog is a great choice for those who want a nice big beautiful red frog. They don’t need much to thrive as they will live most of their life on the ground, not climbing anything. They are quite easy to take care of and are probably the most active out of all the ‘big frogs’ there are. If size and color is what you are looking for, then the tomato frog is the right pick for you.


Scientific Name: Litoria caerulea
Lifespan: Approximately 6 – 8 years
Handling: Only handle when necessary
Size: Approximately 4 – 5 inches
Care: Easy
Community: Same sized tomato frogs may be housed togther
Lifestyle: Nocturnal, active at night

African Bullfrog
African Bullfrog, photo by Tom M.

African Bullfrog (Pyxie Frog)

The African Bullfrog is definitely the biggest frog on our “best pet frogs’ list. Their size alone is what everyone buys them for. They are actually becoming more popular in the ‘pet trade’ nowadays due to their size and longevity. Care is also quite easy.


Scientific Name: Pyxicephalus adspersus
Lifespan: Approximately 20 – 40 years
Handling: Most African Bullfrogs do not like to be handled and might try to bite
Size: Approximately 5 – 8 inches
Care: Easy
Community: It is not recommended to house bullfrogs together
Lifestyle: Nocturnal, active at night

Pacman Frog
Pacman Frog, photo by “Mike” Michael L. Baird

Pacman Frog

The pacman frog is probably the most bought ‘big frog’ there is today. The size and roundness of them makes them quite unique to have.  The only downfall that they might have is that they are very boring frogs that stay burrowed all day. The only time they will come out is to soak in a water dish or eat. The reason why most people buy them is because they get pretty big and are very easy to care for.


Scientific Name: Ceratophrys ornata
Lifespan: Approximately 7 – 10 years
Handling: Most pacman frogs do not like to be handled and might try to bite.
Size: Approximately 4 – 6 inches
Care: Easy
Community: It is not recommend to house pacman frogs together
Lifestyle: Nocturnal, active at night



Best Pet Frogs for Advanced Keepers

What qualifies a pet frog for the advanced keeper? The below pet frogs have been chosen due to their delicate care requirements. Although they may make great pets for the advanced keeper, they might just not be the right choice for the average person trying to start out with a pet frog.


Red Eyed Tree Frog
Red Eyed Tree Frog, photo by Billy

Red Eyed Tree Frog

Red eyed tree frogs are by far one of the most beautiful tree frog species there is to keep as a pet. You can see for yourself in the picture to the left that this is definitely a tree frog to admire. Having that being said, something this beautiful needs time and dedication to care for. Red eyed tree frogs have very delicate skin and need the extra time for cleaning their enclosures more often.


Scientific Name: Agalychnis callidryas
Lifespan: Approximately 4 – 10 years
Handling: Only handle when necessary
Size: Approximately 2 – 3 inches
Care: Medium
Community: Red eyed tree frogs do best in groups
Lifestyle: Nocturnal, active at night

Poison Dart Frogs
Poison Dart Frogs, photo by Cliff1066

Poison Dart Frogs

Poison dart frogs are very beautiful and awesome frogs to own, only if you can provide the care requirements they deserve. The reason why these frogs are more for the advanced keepers is because they are very delicate frogs. Their care requires a great sum of money, time, and dedication. If you can provide all of this, then feel free to buy a few dart frogs.


Lifespan: Approximately 14 – 20 years based on care
Handling: Poison dart frogs are not supposed to be handled
Size: Approximately 1 – 2.5 inches
Care: Medium
Community: You may house same species  poison dart frogs together
Lifestyle: Diurnal, active during the day

Mantella, photo by Paul Albertella


Mantellas are quite similar to the poison dart frogs in regards to care. They also need a great sum of money, time and dedication to properly care for. The only difference between them and poison dart frogs is that they are very hard to come by. Not many pet stores sell these types of frogs regularly.


Lifespan: Approximately 8 – 15  years based on care
Handling: Mantellas are not supposed to be handled
Size: Approximately 1 – 2.5 inches
Care: Medium
Community: You may house same species  poison dart frogs together
Lifestyle: Diurnal, active during the day

Don’t let this ‘best pet frogs’ list limit you on what you can or should get, because there are many more frogs out there that make great pets as well. This is just a list of the most popular pet frogs that are held in captivity today. Feel free to add a comment on which frog you think makes a great pet for the beginner or the advanced keeper of frogs.

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  1. I’d prefer not to have frogs as pets cuz they have no interaction. Plus, pacman frogs are a useless blob of not nothingness, pixie frogs are too aggressive, fire bellies escape easily and are small and timid, and the only decent sounding frogs are white’s tree frogs and tomato frogs. I recommend a leopard gecko or tiger salamander.

    • Hello Jaden,
      Thanks for your thoughts. Frogs are more like fish, a see but don’t touch type of animal. They are not for everyone. I have had a few pet frogs in my lifetime and can say that they do make great pets. Seeing them hunt, jump, climb, and grow is an adventure. But for those who are more of a hands-on type of pet keeper, they will not make such a good pet.

  2. Fire belly toads are actually not toads. They’re frogs. They were thought to be toads because of the rough skin but toads aren’t aquatic like fire belly toads.

  3. I had fire belly toads and I would not recommend them for beginners since one of mine turned cannibalistic and ate the other one (apparently the crickets were just not exciting enough for it).

    • Hey Lilian,
      That sounds terrible. I have never heard of that happening. Mine never had a problem taking crickets. You sure they were fire belly toads?

  4. Hey, this site is very helpful when it comes to how to take care of a frog. I like how it tells us the life span, the size, and how easy it is to take care of. I would want to make sure to get a nice big place for them to live so they can move around.

  5. I love the waxy monkey tree frog. Stands out look wise and is a good size. Loved seeing my store one perch himself under the heat lamp. They have really cool cat – like eyes. Not for beginners but easier to care for than a red-eye.

    • Hey Heather,
      Waxy monkey tree frogs really are cool. I have owned both the waxy monkey tree frog and the red-eyed tree frog, and you are right, the waxy monkey tree frogs really are easier to care for.

  6. Is there any species of frog that you can handle frequently without hurting them? I would really like a frog that will get big but can also be handled.

    • Hey Niki,
      I would go with something like…
      pacman frog
      whites tree frog
      cuban tree frog
      fire bellied toad.

      These are all frogs that tolerate handling more than others. Be careful with the pacman though, they can pack quite a bite.

    • Hey Lindsey,
      Only males call, and you also need the right conditions for them to call. Whites Tree frogs can call pretty loud when they do.

  7. hi I was wondering what species of frog or toad in your opinion look similar to the toads in the anime/manga series ‘Naruto’? i cant find anything on google so i thought i ask an expert.. I know it sounds kind of retarded but I was wondering if you know of any species that remind you of this iconic toad Gamabunta, Gama or Gamakichi, and which ones would make a good/ house pet companion.

    the pacman frogs kind of similar but id hate to limit myself to an hour of searching..
    the bullfrogs seam close due to the shire size but even though I hate saying something like this they just dont seem all that exotic and lets be honest they just seem so agitated.

    • Hey Anthony,
      The pacman frog will be one of the closest frogs to resemblance. You also have the horned frog. (Image from backwaterreptiles.com)
      Horned Frog

    • Hey,
      It’s an albino pacman frog. Due to the verbal content in the beginning of the video and at the time showing the frog, we had to remove the link. Nothing personal, it’s just that we have young visitors coming onto the site as well. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

    • Hey Will,
      American toads can be good first time frog pets as well. The frog you choose is based on preference. Care is normally the same as the frogs all have the same diet requirements. If you would like some help with temperatures, size tank, etc… please let me know and I’ll be able to get you some information.

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