Green Tree Frog – hygiene
Water quality is important and should be kept of a high quality as discussed in the chapter on water. It should also be noted that frogs and amphibians can absorb chemicals through their skin so it is important that chemical sprays and aerosols are not used in the vicinity of the frogs. If the frog enclosure is to be disinfected, the frogs should be transferred to a separate temporary enclosure such as a plastic container while this is taking place to ensure the animal does not come into contact with the disinfectant. Other “hygiene routines” to follow include:
- wearing disposable gloves when handling the frogs
- regular removal of faeces from enclosures and water bodies
- disinfecting the enclosure with a bleach solution and rinsing thoroughly to ensure there is no residue of the bleach left in the enclosure.