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Frog EcoAquarium

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Finding a pet that’s exciting for kids but low maintenance for parents is a tough challenge. But we’ve found a really fun solution. The EcoAquarium from Wild Creations is an all-in-one aquatic environment that will thrill kids and adults alike.

The kit comes with two frogs — excitable, jumpy creatures that are great fun to watch. The “living gravel” that comes with the kit acts as a natural filtration system, so no additional chemicals, aeration or filters are required. The frogs need to be fed twice each week (which
our kids love doing) and the food comes with your system. As for tank maintenance, the water only needs to be changed once every five or six months. Phew!

Wild Creations co-founders Rhett Powers and Peter Gasca worked with a marine scientist to develop breeding methods for the frogs, and they’re now the largest breeders for that species. They keep a veterinarian on staff to ensure the frogs are taken care of, and they never ship the frogs when weather conditions are extreme. If kids are pleading for a pet, the EcoAquarium is a great way to ease into pet ownership. It’s fun, compact and low maintenance. Why not bring one to the office or classroom, too? The fun is contagious.

— Angella
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  • Pete
    Pete

    At Wild Creations, we have a deep reverence for the natural world around us. We love talking about nature and the critters whose world we share. We'd like to thank the Grommet team for caring about and sharing the story behind the products they feature. When you are buying living creatures, you only want to do business with someone you trust, so we are especially thankful that the Daily Grommet has provided this opportunity for you to ask us questions, get to know us better and gain your trust.

    Our frog manager is fond of saying, "Everyone needs a frog in their life." We couldn’t agree more and we hope you take one home today.

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    10/26/2009 12:28 PM

    Pete, are they male / female or what? Any chance that there will be an army of baby frogs at some point?

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    10/26/2009 12:31 PM

    I like when Jeanne gives a girly scream in the video.

  • Geoff B.
    Geoff B.
    10/26/2009 12:42 PM

    what's the lifespan of the frogs? tx

  • Katrina
    Katrina
    10/26/2009 12:51 PM

    Sounds great - a pet we can agree on! How long do these frogs typically live? And does the aquarium really provide them with enough space (it looks so small!)?

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    10/26/2009 1:12 PM

    Hey ... I resent that Jules! I think my scream was more of a "wow, do I really get to keep these two adorable frogs on my desk for the next week until we shoot the video?! How wonderful!" kind of a scream ...(can you tell we're one of those non-pet families Jen was talking about in the video?)

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    10/26/2009 1:16 PM

    Hello All! We've gotten some great questions so far, I will answer them both below!

    To DJP: We make every effort to include 2 male frogs with each system, but of course we are human and a female can slip through every now and then! In the case you do get a male and female frog of course there is always a chance for little froggies, however, this environment does not support tadpole growth. Very specific conditions need to be met to raise your frog eggs to tadpoles and these conditions can be found on our website at www.wildcreations.com for anyone who has the opportunity and wants to give it a go! We are always here to answer any questions by phone at our office as well!

    To Geoff B and Ksy: The average lifespan of the frogs is between 2-4 years. As far as the size of the tank, it does provide enough space for these guys. We based their environment on conditions you would find them living in while in their natural environment. They come from Africa and dwell in shallow river basins in small spaces for safety. These tanks mimic the natural environment of a natural river bed, which is why the ecosystem part of the tank is so cool! So, they can absolutely live in the tank throughout their entire life very happily!

  • JWC
    JWC
    10/26/2009 1:39 PM

    I always had aquariums while growing up, but now with kids of my own, this low maintenance version seems very attractive. Nice find Grommet!

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    10/26/2009 4:05 PM

    We have an African Frogs...but we also have lots of other pets. The cats just love the Frogs. The Puppy does not know what to make of them as they are up on the counter. The Gerbil seems to be just fine too. The Frogs are great for the home that does not have many pets...and for the home that does too.

  • Blake
    Blake
    10/26/2009 4:07 PM

    Very cool product! I got one over a year ago down south on vacation. My kids love them and even take care of them. If I wanted to change my gravel color is that possible.

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    10/26/2009 4:20 PM

    Thanks for all of the great comments on our product, we are so glad our customers love the frogs! They do make a great pet for anyone! Of course you know I am partial!! =0)

    To Blake: Yes, you can change the gravel color, it is very easy. You can order a new gravel pack from our website, the cost is $3.99 and you choose what new color you want. It comes with the brown "living" gravel and the color gravel of your choice, and this allows an easy switch without having to separate the gravel. Thanks for the great question!

  • Bev West
    Bev West
    10/26/2009 4:35 PM

    What will happen when people get tired of their "pets" and throw them in to lakes and streams. This is a non-native species and may do harm to local populations of amphibians and fish. Has this been thought through? Bev West

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    10/26/2009 5:30 PM

    Bev thank you for the great question! We have put a lot of thought into this, of course, we are very considerate of our environment and what impacts it.

    To answer your question more directly in regard to the environment, African Dwarf Frogs are not an invasive species and do not reproduce heartily. They pose no threat to local environments. They would not be able to thrive in any US ecosystem. These species of frogs are not banned in the US by any regulatory agency. There is a similar breed called the African Clawed Frog that is banned and is an invasive species, and therefore we do not breed or sell these animals as pets. These frogs are similar to the African Dwarf frog, but much larger in size. They are also much heartier and can reproduce much more easily. Below is more detailed information and a quote directly from the Agriculture Coordinator for the California Dept of Fish and Game.

    According to Bob Hulbrock, Aquaculture Coordinator for the California Department of Fish and Game, “There has been no determination and there is no evidence of which the CDFG is aware that Hymenochirus, sp. represents a potential threat to wildlife resources. The dwarf frog is a tropical equatorial species, much less tolerance of cooler temperatures than is the clawed frog. In addition, reproduction of the dwarf frog is limited to still, or very slowly moving, waters and they grow only to about half the size (typically up to 4cm, or less than 2 inches) of African clawed frogs.” Wild Creations understands that a certain genus similar to that of the dwarf African frog, referred to as African clawed frogs (Zenopus, sp.), has been determined to be deleterious to wildlife resources and are classified as prohibited in many states. Therefore, Wild Creations does not possess nor engage in the breeding, sale or distribution of this genus of frog,

    Thanks again for your great question Bev! We love our frogs and our environment and we would not want to endanger either of them!

  • Rich
    Rich
    10/26/2009 8:44 PM

    Great product, my two girls love it and much easier to keep than fish and no messy tank to clean

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    10/26/2009 10:07 PM

    Sorry Jeanne, we all took a vote here in Daily Grommetland and decided that we're with Jules. It was more of a girly scream. A nice girly scream, though.

  • Kristen
    Kristen
    10/27/2009 11:03 AM

    I have to chuckle over a good memory this product brings to mind. A few years ago, we ordered something similar for my son. The look on the face of the postal carrier when he delivered the tadpoles we ordered to the door was hilarious. He was very concerned that the animals may not have made it due to the heat. Love these African Frogs, though. Much more interesting than the tadpoles (which never really did become frogs...)

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    10/27/2009 11:30 AM

    Thank you everyone for your great comments and questions again, we are glad our frogs bring happiness to so many of our customers!

    To BH, great story, I can only imagine his amazement that live animals were sent through the mail. We at Wild Creations do not use US mail, we use a ground carrier that guarantees delivery to all homes in 2 days or less for the safety of the animals! We also work very hard to meet all industry standards for shipping live animals in the most comfortable way possible! The heat is certainly a concern and the cold as well. I see you said your son was concerned because of the heat. We watch the weather on a daily basis and adjust or stop shipments to certain areas depending on the current conditions and the conditions it will go through in the next 2 days before getting to its arrival destination. We want all our frogs to reach their new home healthy, hoppy, and happy!

    Thanks again for the comment and for loving the frogs!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Grommet Team
    10/27/2009 1:15 PM

    Great questions! I just had one emailed to me about what the kits include! We decided to make sure both kits include food so when your Frogs arrive you have everything you need. The Deluxe includes the gear to catch your frogs and clean your aquarium and a black base to elevate off of wood furniture. For more details check out our detail tab!

  • Lyn
    Lyn
    11/13/2009 10:50 AM

    Shame on all of you (with the exception of Bev West - who obviously did some intelligent thinking about this). There is no reason on this earth why anyone should have these creatures as "pets". They belong in the wild in their own environment - not one that someone created for them, strictly for money. Please don't say you care about their well-being - you don't. It's all about the money you can make and all about the stupidity of humans that think they should be able to have anything they want for their own amusement. Horrible idea, and I was appalled when I saw it on Chronicle last evening.

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    11/13/2009 2:26 PM

    Dear Lyn,

    Thank you so much for your comment. I understand completely that there are many individuals like you who believe pet ownership, in general and as a whole, to be unethical, and who believe strongly that animals kept or bred in captivity do not serve a moral end. While I respect your opinion, I do respectfully disagree. We at Wild Creations feel very strongly that pet ownership, under the proper conditions and with the proper care, can be a healthy and rewarding experience for both pet and owner alike, providing lasting and sentimental memories for generations. It brings the joy of companionship into millions of lives every day while providing a loving and hospitable home for the pet. As well, pet ownership serves a very important function in reflecting upon the delicate balance of nature as well as our role in it while providing a valuable lesson in responsibility and compassion to our children. I regret that you find this product offensive, but I respect your opinion and your choice not to purchase this product. I hope that we can at least agree to disagree to this end.

    Of course, I am available if you have any specific questions about the functionality of our wonderful ecosystem habitat or the exciting habits and fun characteristics of these great little frogs, please let me know.

  • Karla
    Karla
    11/16/2009 4:58 PM

    While my intention is not to create a debate or animosity, I do want to comment on Lyn's comment above. Animals are the same as people, just in different bodies and they deserve compassion and love too. The girls I nanny for got these frogs as pets because they require less maintenance than a dog or cat at this point and we got them to serve the purpose of making them learn responsibility for another breathing entity early on. Regardless, if they specifically were to get another pet or not down the road these teach vital skills in life that we need in order to possibly take care of our own children down the road. If it were not for these guys these frogs would not even exist on planet Earth so they certainly are not taking something out of nature and exploiting it, they created it, for a purpose other than money I believe. They are in a safe and clean habitat just like you are I am sure. and technically all people should live in the wild, we have just evolved to live in shacks or mansions which is our choice of habitat, like the frogs. It could be argued that "having anything they want for their own amusement" would also include the computer you are using to make your comments. You and the rest of the world use electronics at the expense of the environment, but you seem to be more worried about these harmless little frogs than that aspect of it. I commend Pete for his research and point of view on this project and I know the girls and I look forward to getting our frogs and creating a loving environment for them.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/16/2009 10:22 PM

    We welcome posts sharing various viewpoints on any of our Daily Grommet boards and ask that the conversation remains respectful of everyone's unique point of view. If a post is overly disrespectful you risk having your post pulled and your point of view not represented. It's ok so far, thanks for stopping by!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/15/2009 4:03 PM

    Recently a story was published in the Boston Herald that an undercover investigation by PETA found neglect in the handling of frogs at Wild Creations. PETA did file animal cruelty charges in South Carolina against Wild Creations, you can read the story here:

    http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1217906&format=email

    We asked Pete for more information and he forwarded us the following information.

    Follow up police statement from the WMBF News (Myrtle Beach, Florence)

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Police began investigating allegations that a Myrtle Beach business is abusing frogs on Thursday, but were unable to find any wrongdoing.

    Officers began investigating Wild Creations, located at 1560 Pine Island Rd., on Thursday after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reported cruelty to African Dwarf frogs kept there.

    After a two-hour inspection, officers said the business was in clean condition, the tanks for the frogs were satisfactory, and the frogs appeared to be healthy and cared for. The owners of Wild Creations were able to provide documentation from a state-licensed veterinarian showing the care that had been provided to them, according to HCPD spokesman Sgt. Robert Kegler.

    Officers contacted a SC Department of Natural Resources herpetologist to ensure the frogs were being properly cared for, and no evidence supporting the allegations was found.

    --------

    Pete also forwarded two documents. (If you click the link, a .pdf will open). The first one is the most recent inspection report from the Veterinarian who stops by quarterly to review conditions and procedures.

    Vet Letter

    The second letter shows the standards that Wild Creations sets for itself.

    Wild Creations Handling Standards

    Wild Creations has always been responsive to our inquiries and has been a great Grommet partner.

  • Kakalina
    Kakalina
    1/8/2010 6:05 PM

    I am so sad for those poor frogs being kept in such a confined space, and the fact that the water is only changed twice a year is outrageous!, not to mention how they are sent in a plastic bag in the mail, imagine that!

    Additionally the CDC just published a study that these water aquariums have the risk of illness associated with salmonella, not only in th frogs but in the water of the aquarium.

    Salmonella can survive extended periods of time in the environment causing the risk of indirect transmission through environmental contamination.

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    1/8/2010 7:47 PM

    Kakalina,

    We certainly respect your point of view and concerns, and hope you'll take the time to read the thoughtful responses from Wild Creations above, as well as the documents they asked us to post (just above in Katherine's comment from December 15th). We have every confidence that these folks have thought through all the various issues around safety for the frogs and cleanliness of their environment. Of course, we welcome everyone's comments here and respect all points of view.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • Blake
    Blake
    1/11/2010 6:11 AM

    I hope you guys keep selling these. I have one and its makes my girls faces light up every time they see them. I read the report from the CDC and it does not say these aquariums cause salmonella. This woman clearly has an agenda...I wish people would stick to the facts and not try to scare people with misinformation.

  • Pat
    Pat
    1/11/2010 6:27 AM

    We love the frogs in my house. I read the cdc report and no where did it say these aquariums cause salmonella. I happen to work in public health and see these reports all the time and what the study means is that in general when you have an aqaurium you should wash your hands just like you would after handling meat or eggs.

  • Lauren
    Lauren
    1/18/2010 10:14 AM

    How often should I change the water in the tank, and how high should I fill it up?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/18/2010 1:25 PM

    @Lauren, you change the water every 5-6 months filling it up per your instructions. Let me know if you no longer have the instructions that came with your tank and I will get them to you.

  • Bryan Stewart
    Bryan Stewart
    11/15/2010 5:37 PM

    @Katherine - Daily Grommet Team: My wife has a frog tank for her classroom but has lost the instructions for cleaning the tank. I can change the water (done so many times in the past) but it is getting pretty cloudy and was going to look at a deep cleaning. Thoughts?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/15/2010 7:20 PM

    @Bryan Stewart: Here are the cleaning instructions (click the link below and a pdf will open) for her Eco Aquarium. You are very sweet to take care of this for your wife and for the frogs!

    Wild Creations Eco Aquarium Care Instructions

  • Bryan Stewart
    Bryan Stewart
    11/22/2010 11:07 AM

    @Katherine Klinger: Pefect! Thank you!!

  • Allen
    Allen
    1/20/2010 6:56 PM

    looking beyond the instructions, this has been a very enlightening site. Understanding all that has been said of the frog's natural environment, is it inappropriate to buy extra gravel kits and furnish a new abode maybe thrice the size they're in? They are so fun to watch that

    I was thinking just a little more room to dart would please me, but what about them?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/20/2010 8:07 PM

    @Allen - that's a great question. We will have someone from Wild Creations stop back and address that. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    1/21/2010 1:45 PM

    Thank you for such a great question! If it would please you for the frogs to have more “leg” room I am sure it would please them as well! You would need more “living” gravel to increase the size of the tank and this is something we can help you with on a special order basis by calling our office; 843-448-8880. I would recommend first purchasing the new home for your frogs and then calling our office. We will need to know roughly the size of the tank in order to recommend the correct amount of “living” gravel to filter the water. Thanks again for a great question and we are so glad to hear you love your frogs!

  • mandeep
    mandeep
    2/28/2010 8:34 PM

    when will the weather be good so the i can buy a frog and how much will it cost?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/28/2010 9:30 PM

    @mandeep - we'll contact you directly because the answer depends on where you live!

  • karampal
    karampal
    3/6/2010 12:13 AM

    how much does the frog with all of the supplys and the tank cost

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/6/2010 12:43 PM

    The classic is $25 and the deluxe is $30.

    * Classic EcoAquarium includes 4 × 4 plastic aquarium, two frogs, brown & blue “Living Gravel”, 1 live bamboo, decorative rock and a year supply of Frog Food

    * Deluxe EcoAquarium includes 4 × 4 plastic aquarium, two frogs, brown & blue “Living Gravel”, 1 live bamboo, decorative rock, black decorative base, and Eco-Aquarium Care and Food Pack (baster, net, and food pack)

  • Courtney Dodd
    Courtney Dodd
    3/30/2010 5:46 PM

    I have had a take like this for a year now. I want to put it with my fish now because i recently got some with a air pump. I am worried what will happen because the frog is not use to the air in the water. Do you think that it will hurt the Frog?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/30/2010 7:52 PM

    @Courtney - it is very wise to be concerned about such a change in environment. I know that Pete will know what's best for your frog and have forwarded your question to him. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    4/5/2010 12:12 PM

    @Courtney - I would not reccommend putting the frogs with other fish. The air would not hurt them, but they do have very sensitive ears and most of the time air pumps bother their hearing! We have a cute guy in our office we tried to "introduce" to an air pump and he was quite a miserable fellow. In addition to the noise, fish also like to steal the frog food, which leaves the frogs very hungry! These guys do best on their own, but if you would like to upgrade you size of your tank, we would love to help you do that.

    If you get a larger tank, we can reccommend how much "living" gravel you would need to keep the water filtered but would also remove the need for an air filter and keep your froggy's pad nice and quiet!

  • Linda
    Linda
    4/16/2010 2:07 PM

    Do you have to use living gravel? The stores don't sell it here and I don't want to order on line. Thankyou.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/16/2010 2:21 PM

    @Linda - The living gravel that comes with the kit acts as a natural filtration system, so no additional chemicals, aeration or filters are required. I'll have someone from Wild Creations stop back and let you know how to handle without the living gravel.

  • Sibyl
    Sibyl
    4/16/2010 5:25 PM

    These set ups are disgraceful. I work in a pet store and have to deal with the customers who have bought these deathtraps and don't understand why their frogs have died. Changing the water twice a year subjects them to severely poor water quality, and the tiny space makes for no swimming space, and fluctuating temperatures. No responsible pet keeper would buy one of these.

    African dwarf frogs should be kept in appropriately sized, filtered, and heated aquaria.

  • Lucy
    Lucy
    4/16/2010 6:51 PM

    Is it possible to purchase more living gravel? I would like to move the frogs to a larger tank. They don't seem happy.

  • Lucy
    Lucy
    4/16/2010 7:03 PM

    Please disregard my previous e-mail. I will call your 1-800 number and order more gravel. I hadn't read the prior e-mails before submitting my question. Reading through the e-mails makes me feel better about the frog's environment. But I honestly have to say they seem anxious and their behavior has changed over the year displaying more aggression towards eachother. Every now and then they make a very strange noise they hadn't made in the past. Any idea what this means? It's a sort of humming that comes and goes.

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    4/19/2010 10:32 AM

    I think that you are seeing behavior that is normal during mating

    season (ie the aggression). You have two male frogs and they can be a

    little more "frisky" during the mating season which is during Spring

    March-April and then again in the Fall Sept-Oct. They do not have teeth so

    while they appear to be nipping at each other, they will not harm the

    other frog, they are only showing their natural behavior as they would in

    the wild during this time of year. This also explains the humming, that

    noise is the mating call for their female counterparts! This is a pretty

    cool thing to experience!

    In regard to the tank size, their tank is very ample room for them, but if

    anyone would like to provide a larger environment, we are happy to help

    and recommend going no larger than 1 gallon. These guys do prefer the

    smaller spaces and need to be able to reach the top quickly to breathe.

    For a one gallon aquarium you will need about 2 pounds of living gravel to

    filter the water properly and two bamboo, so that is a good place to

    start.

  • Kelley
    Kelley
    4/19/2010 1:07 PM

    @Linda If you do not want to use Living Gravel, you can purchase an aquarium from a store

    with a filter, you would have to use that if you don't use living

    gravel. I would recommend asking the pet store representatives the best

    tank for these guys. I would recommend with filter a 2-4 gallon tank. But

    you will need the filter for the tank to keep the water clean. The

    feeding schedule should stay the same.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    4/20/2010 9:38 AM

    We got these frogs for my 6yr old daughter who LOVES frogs! A great find! Low up keep for Mom, great fun for kids. Thanks, Daily Grommet/Wild Creations.

  • Ben
    Ben
    4/20/2010 9:47 PM

    I love the frogs. I live alone and was wondering if you could tell me the number of these African frogs I would have to kiss to find my princess?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/21/2010 12:24 PM

    @Lisa - we're glad that your daughter loves these frogs!

    @Ben - pucker up you'll be kissing a long time...all of these frogs are male.

  • Ben
    Ben
    4/21/2010 3:26 PM

    I have finally read all of your comments above. I am a proud life member and avid supporter of P.E.T.A. (People Eating Tasty Animals ;-} ) Sincerely, Ben, SSgt. USMC, Disabled

  • Karin McNamara
    Karin McNamara
    4/24/2010 9:01 PM

    I am concerned that one of my two frogs may not be getting enough to eat. We have had the frogs for two weeks now, and I have only noticed one jumping to the surface to ingest food pellets. How do I make sure the other is getting food?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/24/2010 11:46 PM

    @Karin, we've forwarded your question on to Wild Creations. I know they will have insight into what you are seeing.

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    4/26/2010 11:47 AM

    Great question!! The frogs are cute little guys who are very good at

    eating when they are hungry. It is very typical to have one more

    aggressive frog in each tank, you would also see this type of pairing in nature. As far as the frog jumping for the food, that is a good sign. It means he is becoming acclimated to your schedule for feeding and ready to eat when given the chance. They often jump at their food because they don't have great vision, so they hunt or search for food by smell.

    As long as both frogs appear happy and healthy, there is no need for

    concern. You may just not see your other frog eating as you do with the "jumper". If you become more concerned, however, or one frog becomes much smaller than the other, you can increase the feedings to 3x per week (same amount each time) and that should help! If you have any further questions we are also very happy to take your call at our office and go into more detail, we are so proud that our frog parents care enough about their pets to ask these great questions! Should you need it our office number is 843-448-8880. Have a great day!

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    4/27/2010 2:46 PM

    How can I find Wild Creations Eco Aquariums locally to purchase? I have been searching the internet and can only find them available on-line with some hefty shipping costs. Please advise.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/27/2010 3:11 PM

    @Lisa - You can check your local pet stores, they are the only ones I would trust to be taking good care of these frogs before finding them a good home. The frogs you get here have been cared for by compassionate and knowledgeable Wild Creations staff right up to the point they get shipped to you.

  • Farrah
    Farrah
    5/13/2010 1:02 AM

    Can you hold these frogs? or take them out of the tank?

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    5/13/2010 11:50 AM

    Norma - The frogs are aquatic and thrive in the water. We do not recommend holding

    the frogs because most importantly they should not be out of the water.

    Secondly their skin is rather fragile and could be damaged. Third, the

    frogs are quite QUICK and can hop out of someone's hands unexpectedly and

    become hard to catch to return to their home. The frogs are fun to watch

    and observe, but we do not recommend handling!

  • KS
    KS
    5/21/2010 3:49 PM

    I saw a previous comment that received no response. I went into a pet store to buy a snail for my frogs...since mine did not come with one. They said that the space is too small and the snail will not survive, (friends of mine went through a few snails). Also, that the water after only changing it twice a year will definitely kill the frogs. Too much amonia will build up and it's not good for the frogs. They were very familiar with the south african dwarf frogs and their habitat put out by your company and said that the water would not remain clean for six months and I most likely end up with two dead frogs. Are they better off in a 2-4 gallon tank and changing the water every couple of weeks? If so, if I get the live gravel will I need a filter? Thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/21/2010 4:19 PM

    @KS - I am forwarding to Kelley as well. The living gravel and bamboo does the job of filtering the water so it only needs to be changed every five or six months. If you'd like to go to a larger tank, Kelley recommends going only up to a 1 gallon tank as they do prefer smaller spaces and need to get to the surface quickly. This requires 2 pounds of Living Gravel and 2 Bamboo for filtration. If you go to a 2-4 gallon tank, you will need a filter to keep the water clean.

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    5/24/2010 11:38 AM

    Katherine, great answer!

    About the snails, I would only say that you can add a snail, but they

    specifically help with algae and would only be necessary if the tank is

    about 3 months aged. You do not have to have a snail at all. The snail

    while a great algae cleaner, can also be replaced with wiping the sides of

    the tank as needed and keeping the tank in a room where it is not getting

    a lot of direct sun light.

    If you do want a snail, you can order one directly from our website and we

    can send it to you via US mail, or snail mail! They are great travelers!

    Katherine provided a great response to your question, but I would add that

    our gravel which is "living" is specifically formulated to remove the

    ammonia from the water and keep the frogs safe. The bamboo also plays a

    role in this cycle. I can assure you the water is 100% safe for the frogs

    and will keep them happy and healthy. Of course we are always happy for

    you to upgrade their home if you like, but as Katherine recommended I

    would stick to a one gallon. The frogs truly prefer a smaller space, it

    makes them feel more safe. In the wild, they live in very similar spaces

    to what we provide already. Pet stores love animals and make their best

    effort to make good reccomendations, but I would say that the problem here

    is while they are well read, we are well researched. Our system was

    developed by a marine biologist who specifically knows these little

    critters and their needs. Most aquarium trade pet stores group these guys

    with fish and it really doesn't fit their overall needs. They have special

    needs and that is where we like to call ourselves the "frog experts"

    because we have taken the extra step to find out solely what they need and

    how we can accomplish that. If you have any further questions, please feel

    free to repost or contact us. We are always here to provide more

    information about your cool new pets.

  • carolyn
    carolyn
    5/31/2010 3:03 PM

    one of my frogs is more aggressive than the other and tries to eat all of the food I put in. Is there a way to insure that my other frog gets to eat?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/31/2010 3:28 PM

    @Carolyn - Kelley responded to a similar question listed above on April 26th. What she said is:

    "As long as both frogs appear happy and healthy, there is no need for concern. You may just not see your other frog eating as you do with the "jumper". If you become more concerned, however, or one frog becomes much smaller than the other, you can increase the feedings to 3x per week (same amount each time) and that should help! If you have any further questions we are also very happy to take your call at (the Wild Creations) office and go into more detail, we are so proud that our frog parents care enough about their pets to ask these great questions! Should you need it our office number is 843-448-8880. Have a great day! "

  • Tonya
    Tonya
    6/8/2010 3:37 PM

    I have a question. Everything I have read about the African dwarf frog says they need a place to hide. Is this necessary and if so what can I buy that will fit comfortably in the eco-aquarium?

    Thanks!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/8/2010 3:58 PM

    @Tonya, great question, I am forwarding to Kelley!

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    6/9/2010 10:33 AM

    That is such a great question!

    The frogs do like to hide from time to time which is why we include the

    bamboo and decorative stone. You will often see them hiding behind one of

    those two places to get a little frog privacy! If you want to add

    something else, keep in mind space is an issue. You do not want to add

    anything too large. Often, we have customers who add stones that are a

    little larger. If you want to do this and find something you like, just

    make sure you soak it in spring water 24 hours before adding it to your

    tank, and then remove the rock you currently have. You should only keep one

    rock in the tank, again for space reasons. Then watch them enjoy! We

    always love to see pictures, so if you do make the change make sure to

    send us over the picture! Have a great day!

  • Polly Babb
    Polly Babb
    6/9/2010 3:50 PM

    Where can I buy new rocks and bamboo?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/9/2010 5:16 PM

    @Polly - We carry the decorative rocks (see the drop down in the product window) but we don't carry the Bamboo individually as of yet. You can find the Bamboo directly at Wild Creations website, click here.

  • Renee Hanby
    Renee Hanby
    6/11/2010 10:25 PM

    I have had my EcoAquarium for 3 weeks and one of my frogs died for no apparent reason. Yesterday it seemed fine and active. I thought about moving the frog to a one gallon aquarium which you say needs 2 pound of special gravel. How much would that 2 lb. cost?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/11/2010 11:13 PM

    @Renee - I'm so sorry that your frog didn't have a longer life. I'm forwarding your question on to Kelley to make sure we give you the best advice for your situation.

  • Tonya
    Tonya
    6/12/2010 1:24 PM

    Hi again! I have my frogs now and love them. I do have a question. I got them to keep at work with me; however, I do not work on the weekends and all the lights are off during that time. Do they need light everyday or is this okay?

    Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/12/2010 2:11 PM

    @Tonya - another good question for Kelley!

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    6/14/2010 2:49 PM

    @Tonya - it is no problem for them to be in the dark for a few days,

    they are actually nocturnal so I am sure they actually enjoy this extended "quiet" time!

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    6/14/2010 2:52 PM

    @Renee - We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your frog. Unfortunately just

    like everything else in nature, the frogs can get ill. These guys have

    super great immune systems which keeps them healthy 99% of the time, but

    on the other hand when they get sick, it is often too late when we realize

    it to treat. If they cannot fight it off themselves, there is not much we

    can do but be loving frog parents and of course, we are very sad when we

    lose any of these guys!

    We do have a replacement policy, however, and we would be happy to replace

    the frog for you! As far as the living gravel, 2 pounds would be perfect!

    We do sell gravel by the pound, but only via phone because it is a special

    order. You can call our office at 843-448-8880 and any of our qualified

    customer service reps can help you!

  • Peter
    Peter
    6/14/2010 4:21 PM

    I would like to know the size of the tank in gallons of water?

  • Peter
    Peter
    6/14/2010 6:17 PM

    when I bought your product I loved it because of the two adorable froggies. As i watched them move I relized they hit the sides and looked like they wanted to escape! The tank looked sooo small, so I did some research on these African Dwarf Frogs to see the basic size tanks for them. I found out that they need a minumum of 1 gallon per frog. which means two gallons is perfect. I do agree with you when you say they need shallow water. When I talked to some marine bilogists,veterinarians and people who have aquiariums. They all agreed with me that the size was too small for them and that they should be moved to a larger envirnment. I asked them about their diet and they said these frogs need a mixed diet of bloodworms mealworms blackworms and some pellet food. They said feed them about every other day. When you said you guys are well researched, are you telling me also that all the other places where I had gathered my information are wrong and that you are right? I would like to know the truth about what these frogs need becuase I reaally do care about them and want them to be happy!!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/16/2010 3:56 PM

    @Peter - Hi Peter, Wild Creations cares for more frogs than anyone else and specializes in the needs of these frogs. They have a vet on staff with a masters degree in herpetology who 100% stands behind the advice that they give to their frog parents. As you can see from Kelley's other comments, if you would like to move your frogs up to a one gallon tank, no larger, they would do well in that environment as well. Thank you for taking such an active stance to make sure that your frogs are happy. You sound like a great frog parent.

  • Peter
    Peter
    6/17/2010 2:05 PM

    Thank you very much Katherine for adressing my commet and yes I do love my frogs and I am a very proud parent of my frogs. I would also like to know the difference between your living gravel and regular gravel. I asked people about this and they said they are the same because both have bacteria that break down biological waste such as nitite and Ammonia. I've heard that aquariums should have at least some sort of basic water circulation to improve the water quality. And does the arrangment of both the "living gravel" and the regular gravel matter? Thanks for listening to my questions :)

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    6/22/2010 10:46 AM

    @Peter - Living Gravel is specially conditioned at Wild Creations to maximize its effectiveness at providing a natural aeration system for the eco-aquarium. We cultivate our gravel for 3-4 weeks before the healthy bacteria is at the right level to keep the tank clean for our frogs. Regular store bought gravel does not have this ability, it is a process we have developed specifically for our tanks, so we are able to provide our frogs with a clean living environment. A decorative layer of gravel is placed on top of it for aesthetic reasons but the exact placement of it is not important.

  • J Scott
    J Scott
    6/23/2010 1:47 PM

    What is in the frog food,(what do they eat)?

  • Julie
    Julie – Grommet Team
    6/23/2010 4:40 PM

    @J Scott Great questions! The diet for these frogs includes blood worms and brine shrimp, however, in order to keep your EcoAquarium clean, Wild Creations suggests it is best to feed them their own Wild Creations food pellets, which include all of the nutrients and protein the little frogs need. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tonya
    Tonya
    6/25/2010 1:57 PM

    Hi again!

    I'm not sure if this question has been asked/answered before, but approximately how old are our frogs when they are shipped to us?

    Thanks!!

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    6/25/2010 5:47 PM

    Thanks for the great question! Our little guys are about 4 months old when

    they reach your home, not fully mature. They grow to be 1 and 1/2 to 2

    inches long and on average live a life span between 2-4 years.

    Thank you again for the great question!

  • Peter
    Peter
    6/28/2010 5:57 PM

    What is the size of the tank in comparison to gallons of water for the classic? Is it half or even less?? From head to what are these frogs measured from? To their feet or tail?

  • Mary
    Mary
    7/1/2010 6:53 PM

    We have had our frogs for 18 months and have enjoyed them. Recently one of the frogs looks to have laid a string of eggs. The odor is bad. This has happened 2x now. Please advise.

  • Nanci
    Nanci
    7/1/2010 9:13 PM

    Just bought the eco-aquarium, those little guys are cute!! I'm reading different opinions, hope they are OK, and we're salmonella free! How much do I need to worry about the salmonella risk?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/1/2010 10:48 PM

    Hi Frog Parents! We have a note in to Kelley with all of your questions and will get back to you. Thanks for posting!

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    7/2/2010 3:47 PM

    First, we would like to say we are thrilled you are continuing to enjoy

    your frogs! Second, in relation to what is happening with the eggs/odor.

    The frogs can lay eggs should you get a male and female frog, however the

    eggs do not usually produce an odor. I can only think that maybe the eggs

    being laid are not viable and are polluting the tanks. There is an easy

    way to tell the difference. Viable, healthy eggs are clear in appearence.

    Unhealthy, or non living eggs are very milky and white. If you see the

    milky eggs we would recommend removing them immediately. We also

    recommend changing the water, which is also the best option for you right

    now to get rid of the "odor" you are mentioning. I would recommend taking

    all the water out, rinsing all your gravel with spring water, and putting

    it back in the tank, and of course adding spring water and then frogs back

    to your tank.

    Please let us know if this does not "fix" the problem, but I feel

    confidant a fresh home for your little guys will do the trick.

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    7/2/2010 4:19 PM

    What a good question, and of course we always recommend asking anything

    like this should you have a concern. Our frogs are absolutely safe and

    healthy. We test them quarterly for any illnesses, and they have always

    tested salmonella free. We also have a Vet check our facility to make sure

    our frogs get the most humane treatment and continue to be healthy for our

    customers. Thank you again for the great question!! We hope you enjoy your

    new frogs!

  • Peter
    Peter
    7/7/2010 10:00 PM

    I had to see for my self then how much water really filled up the tank. The tank took a little less than a quart of water to fill, which means the tank has about a pint of water per frog. That's about 1/8 the recomended size for the African dwarf frog! Why are you guys only giving these frogs 1/8 the size they are recomended? I read that these frogs are very active and need adequate room to swim around.You guys claim you are the frog experts, so please educate me please. A lot of the African dwarf frog care sheets that I have obtained dont always agree with what you guys display in your care instructions. I do like the natural gravel system you have but does this only work in extremely small eco aquariums? And why doesn't the aquarium have an actual hidding place? These froggies love hidding places as they are prone to being prey in the wild and prefer some hidding places to feel safe. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I like to know the facts behind this not just take peoples word for it. I know you guys are very busy running a big project but please hear me out.

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    7/8/2010 11:09 AM

    @Peter: You're right, these little guys do like to hide, and they will hide behind the Bamboo or the rocks included in the kit. You can certainly increase the size of the environment if you'd like to - but as you'll see from Kelley's comments, Wild Creations recommendeds no larger than 1 gallon for the 2 frogs and it will need additional living gravel or a filter (see their replies to similar questions above). I also wanted to share this, from their literature:




    The African dwarf frogs can most certainly survive in a larger aquarium. You will notice,

    however, that in the smaller aquariums, they love to lie on the bottom, swim into the corners

    and hide behind objects. If you move them to a larger aquarium, they are going to lie on the

    bottom, swim into the corners and hide behind objects. In other words, you can move them

    into a larger environment, but they do not need it. This small environment mimics the shallow pools they live in in Africa.


    Through all of our interactions with the folks over at Wild Creations, we have come to see first hand that they care passionately about African frogs and are deeply knowledgeable about them -- they even have an on-staff vet with a Master's in herpatology who directs practices at Wild Creations.

    Sounds like you're quite smitten with the frogs yourself, Peter; we hope you're enjoying observing them and learning more about them.

  • Tonya
    Tonya
    7/26/2010 12:30 PM

    One of my frogs died and I was wondering if the other one will be okay alone or do I need to get a companion for him? Also, I emptied most of the water and replinished it, but should I clean the whole aquarium?

    Very sad!! :(

    Thanks,

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/26/2010 12:49 PM

    @Tonya - I'm sorry to hear that one of your frogs has died, that is a sad day. I have forwarded your question on to Kelley who will provide the information that you need.

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    7/26/2010 3:56 PM

    We are so sorry to hear you lost one of your frogs! You did the perfect

    thing changing most of the water, we recommend changing about 75%, and it

    sounds like you changed just the right amount!

    As far as your frog having a companion, these guys are very cool in that

    way. They are happy to be together, but also happy to be alone as well.

    Thank you for loving your frogs as much as we do!

  • Haley
    Haley
    8/25/2010 10:35 PM

    Hello,

    I have seen these frogs for sell at the toy store I work at. I think they are very beautiful and a great idea, but I was wondering if they are in an environment that helps them thrive. I read some info that suggested you have one gallon of water for each frog.Do you have any suggestions on how I can find accurate info about what these guys need not only to live but to live and thrive?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/26/2010 9:56 AM

    @Haley - we love that you care about these frogs! If you read through Peter's and Kelley's comments, they thrive in smaller environments and they recommend no larger than a 1 gallon tank for the frogs.

  • Peter
    Peter
    9/1/2010 2:17 AM

    I know I said this before but I just want to state the facts. A thin bamboo plant and small rock are not hiding places. The frogs enjoy something they can hide in like a mini pot turned on it's side. I have a lot of those and they love hiding in them because they feel safe and secure. I know the frogs are bottom dwellers but they still should get an appropriate amount of swimming space to move freely. Overcrowding is one of the biggest stress issues people do with aquariums. A small 4 by 4 inch platform is not enough space for them considering they Can grow to be 2 inches long. Poor water quality is one of the leading factors to illness in aquarium animals including frogs. This is why all aquarium owners do monthly water changes to ensure that fresh water is being entered into the aqarium. A natural filtration system such as living gravel does not excuse monthly water changes but can replace filters. Regular store bought gravel over at least 2 months can form benficial bacteria. It has been proven that they can have some sort of simple bacteria. Feeding is the last topic I would like to talk about. I've noticed that the frogs in these Eco systems have looked rather skinny. The feeding schedule calls for a total of 4 pellets for each frog for each week. This does not ensure that both the frogs get an even amount of food. I've noticed on simmilar products that are pelets they recomend feeding a small aquatic frog 4 to 6 pelets per day. This seems to be a big jump from what your instuctions say to do. I've noticed that people who feed their frogs more food that the frogs do better. I know you guys have a devoted staff but I hope you guys know that a lot of the info you give out does not agree with all of the African dwarf frog information. I don't want to argue with you guys and i greatly respect your company. I know your intentions are to help these frogs but do hear my points and educate me if I said something wrong. I did the best reasearch I could possibly make and used the information availible to make my points. Thank you for hearing me again.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/1/2010 9:08 AM

    @Peter - thanks again for posting. It is obvious that you care a great deal for your frogs. I will forward your feedback. If Wild Creations changes their recommendations based on their research we will let all of our frog parents know and post it here as well.

  • courtney stevens
    courtney stevens
    9/29/2010 1:53 AM

    I am very interested in hearing your response to Peter's comment. He raises some great points. We have 2 frogs and I am becoming less comfortable with the idea that they can live a humane life in this little prison. I am regretting the decision we made to buy them, especially after I read that they can live up to 20 years, but the caged frogs typically don't live more than 2. I am concerned also about the salmonella outbreak. I have 6 children all under age 10, and I am very worried about them coming into contact with the water.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/1/2010 12:50 AM

    @Courtney - your concern for your frogs is wonderful. I have asked Kelley to stop back. The concerns that Peter and you mention have already been brought up and addressed. Wild Creations has never had an incidence of Salmonella in their operations. Washing your hands after touching the water is always a good idea. These frogs' natural habitat is one that is very shallow and confined, but if you feel they need a larger home, they don't recommend going larger than a 1 gallon tank. Thanks again for being so concerned for the welfare of your frogs.

  • Michele
    Michele
    10/4/2010 10:01 PM

    we recently purchased the frog kit from a local toy store. So far it's been such an exciting experience! One question I have is.. I noticed on your site you offer a larger tank but it comes with the gravel, frogs, plant. Do you offer the kit without the frogs since we already have the frogs and would just like to upgrade to a little larger tank with the extra rocks that your 4x6 size tank seems to have. How can I get the tank and gravel and all except the extra frogs?

  • Pete
    Pete
    10/5/2010 12:18 AM

    @courtney - It would seem to me that you might be mistaking the

    African Dwarf Frog (ADF) (Hymenochirus boettgeri or

    Hymenochirus curtipes) with the African Clawed Frog

    (Xenopus laevis), which often appear first in searches for

    "African frogs". The latter looks very much like the

    dwarf frogs when young and do indeed have a much longer

    life span (up to 15-20 years) and will outgrow most small

    aquariums. They are also illegal in many states due to

    their size and aggressive nature. African Dwarf Frogs,

    however, remain small and by nature are timid, as they are

    at the bottom of their natural food chain. You will find

    that their behavior is consistent whether in a large or a

    small habitat. They tend to stay in cramped and shallow

    places where they can "hide" and feel as though they are

    safe from larger predators. Often, they do not utilize

    the volume provided to them.

    As for salmonella, as a mother you are not misguided in

    your concerns. We take great pride in the care and

    handling of our animals, and we place the same standards

    on breeders and handlers with whom we work. Our

    facilities are regularly tested for salmonella as well as

    other bacteria and fungus that also affect frogs, such as

    chytrid. While our facilities and frogs have received a

    clean bill of health, it is very important to remember

    that you should always wash your hands with antibacterial

    soap prior to and after handling ANY animal, pet food or

    pet habitat. This is especially true for young children,

    the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems. For

    more information, check out the following page on our

    website. http://www.wildcreations.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=104

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/5/2010 12:21 AM

    @michele - you can contact Wild Creations customer service directly with your question. 843-448-8880.

  • Julie
    Julie
    10/12/2010 4:33 PM

    We purchased one of your dwarf frog sets (the deluxe version I believe) from Brookstone (didn't even know about the Daily GRommet then) and have been enjoying it ever since, despite one of hte two frogs sying within 1 week of our purchase. That said, we are concerned about how to best care for the frog while we are gone for one week in December. We live in Los Angeles and have been unable to find any friend or neighbor willing to take him in or visit periodically. Help! We love the little guy (he hums whenever someone plays the keyboard by the way).

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/12/2010 4:45 PM

    @Julie! I'm glad you know about us now!! I am forwarding your question on to the Wild Creations team. Thanks for being such a wonderful frog parent - I love that you play the keyboard for him!

  • Freya
    Freya
    10/14/2010 11:58 AM

    Hi- I bought the deluxe ecoquarium back in July, and one of my frogs just died. I changed the water last week, but am not sure if I should change it again to keep the remaining frog alive, or if there's something else going on?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/14/2010 12:48 PM

    @Freya - I'm so sorry to hear that you have lost one of your frogs. When a frog dies, Wild Creations recommends cleaning the tank following their care and maintenance instructions. Remember not to wash or thoroughly clean the living gravel. If you've done this then you have already taken the proper steps.

  • Chris
    Chris
    10/15/2010 2:47 PM

    We recently bought the small aquarium with 2 frogs from a local toy store. The frogs are doing fine, but I really don't like the idea of their container being so small. I have a plastic aquarium that is about 3X the size that we used some time ago for our goldfish (before they got too big) and I want to put the frogs in there. Is it safe to do so? Do I need to add more living gravel since its a larger container? Thank you.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/15/2010 3:55 PM

    @Julie - I called the Wild Creations office 843-448-8880 and they said that you should feed them the day that you leave and add a few extra pellets. They will be fine.

    Chris - Kelley answered this question above "In regard to the tank size, their tank is very ample room for them, but if anyone would like to provide a larger environment, we are happy to help and recommend going no larger than 1 gallon. These guys do prefer the smaller spaces and need to be able to reach the top quickly to breathe. For a one gallon aquarium you will need about 2 pounds of living gravel to filter the water properly and two bamboo, so that is a good place to start. "

  • Jenny Desmond
    Jenny Desmond
    11/4/2010 1:26 PM

    I love Daily Grommet but why add animals to your list of "items" sold alongside "accessories", "decor", etc.

    Regardless of the seller's welfare assurances, wild animals should not be bred, sold, shipped around the country and forced to be contained in inappropriately small and inescapable environment completely devoid of enrichment for their entire lives purely for our entertainment. This is a for profit endeavor - not an educational program. Space issues aside (which are very debatable), wild animals spend their lives foraging for food, interacting with other species and finding ways to stay healthy, well fed and safe. None of this is allowed for in this particular type of captivity, forcing the frogs into a life of perpetual boredom and restlessness.

    Breeding, shipping and presenting these frogs as "adorable" decorative items for the home is not only unfair to the animals involved but serves to promote the concept that animals are objects along with hammocks, water bottles and calendars. It also negates what we should be teaching our children - non domesticated animals should be allowed to live freely in their natural environments.

    And, on a different note, how many of these frogs do you think end up being "released" into non native ecosystems when the children tire of them or when well meaning families begin to feel bad watching the frogs spend all of their time trying to find a way out with the end result being dead frogs or permanent damage to native ecosystems.

    And, while people may well be able to buy these animals elsewhere, I still hope Daily Grommet will consider removing them from its site simply to avoid personally participating in the promotion of animals as decorative objects and personal entertainment.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/6/2010 2:46 PM

    @Jenny Desmond: We appreciate your feedback and value your opinion. Your comment has been shared with the team. Thank you for posting!

  • Eric Covos
    Eric Covos
    12/2/2010 7:02 PM

    I agree with Jenny Desmond completely. Animals should not be peddled as mere merchandise. I am repelled by the idea of 'purchasing' life. Please stop selling this item.

  • Rod Liberal
    Rod Liberal
    12/14/2010 5:46 PM

    I'd like to add my two cents to the comments about animals "as merchandise."

    I spent some time at a burn unit at a local hospital and once a week a trained dog would come and pay a visit to some of the patients there. Amidst all the pain and agony most of those people were going through, that short visit was the highlight of day for many people in that building.

    For sure the dog enjoyed all the attention as well and the owner seemed like a very loving individual.

    Having said that and having done no research about these frogs, I'll end my comment with a word of caution about taking a hard line against pet ownership in general, if done reasonably and with concern for the welfare of the pet.

    Animals can be such a great source of joy and companionship for many people and vice versa.

    Cheers.

  • Susan Stephenson
    Susan Stephenson
    1/25/2011 4:28 PM

    From PETA, hopefully the Daily Grommet will follow suit:

    "I'm pleased to tell you that after a national PETA campaign against Brookstone's sale of Frog-O-Spheres—tiny plastic boxes containing two African dwarf frogs— which you were a part of, the retailer has discontinued the sale of these sad little frog prisons in its stores.

    PETA's undercover investigation of Wild Creations, Brookstone's supplier of Frog-O-Spheres, revealed unsanitary living conditions, starvation, and gross mishandling of frogs at Wild Creations' warehouse. Frogs were left to languish in stagnant water that was murky with feces and molted skin. Many frogs were so desperate for food that they chewed on each other's legs, causing wounds, infections, and, eventually, loss of limbs. Live frogs were left on the floor to die or—mistaken for dead—tossed aside, including into the trash, by employees who had received no training. At the time, Brookstone was Wild Creations' biggest customer and shared much responsibility for the systematic neglect and mistreatment of these frogs. PETA also received numerous complaints from shoppers who saw dead and dying frogs in Brookstone stores across the country."

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