Safe Water for Frogs and Toads

Frogs and toads need enclosures that have both land and water. Both frogs and toads absorb water and oxygen through their skin. In order to maintain the good health of your pet, it’s very important to use the proper water.

We get water from many different sources. House water comes from taps, bottles, wells, outdoor faucets and more. The water from each of these sites is not the same. Your choice of water for your pet can mean keeping it at optimum health.

The pH of your pet’s water is best at a neutral 7.0. A pH of less than 6.5 or above 8.5 is not safe.

Tap water contents can vary greatly depending on where in the world you live and what system, if any, is used to make sure the water is potable. If you use tap water, let it sit out in a container for 24 hours so that the chlorine dissipates. Or you can purchase de-chlorination drops at the pet shop. You can check with the water department in your area to find out how safe the water is for your pets (and your family).

Well water, while it can be tasty, may not be appropriate for your frog or toad. It can have a high iron content and it may not be properly oxygenated. You can purchase an aerator and check the water for a pH of 7.0.

Bottled water, while it is treated, has the natural minerals and salts added afterwards which are necessary for your pet’s health. Bottled water is the safest way to go.

Distilled water should never be used for frogs or toads as it is lacking in minerals and salts. It is unsafe for your pets.

Filters that can be placed in the refrigerator such as Brita can also be used. If you’re still not sure about the water quality, boil the water, let it sit out for 24 hours before using it for your pet.

You can also purchase chlorine test strips at your pet shop to make sure the water is safe for your frog or toad.

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