Just like earthworms, frogs have the ability to respire through their skin. This is also why both frogs and earthworms have skins that feel slimy and slippery to the touch. This slimy mucous coating plays a huge role in the survival of frogs and has two main functions. Firstly, this moist layer allows for gaseous exchange with the surrounding environment, as oxygen is able to dissolve on the surface and enter the frog’s respiratory system via capillaries that run just under the frog’s skin. Secondly, it allows frogs to absorb water and drink water through their skin, instead of using their mouths like most other animals do.

It is completely legal to keep green tree frogs here in Singapore. They can be conveniently kept in a vivarium setup and offers a great past time to watch them prey on insects. As a source of food, crickets are the common go to feeder that pet owners feed their frogs with. Although crickets make up most frog’s staple diet, pet owners should be aware that crickets alone cannot make up its entire diet, due to high amounts of chitin contained in both live and dried crickets (as part of its exoskeleton). A well-balanced diet consists of various insects such as crickets and other invertebrates such as mealworms, superworms, and earthworms, that are known to be high in protein, fibre, fat and calcium, amongst various other essential nutrients that are beneficial to frog health.

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