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Special Considerations for Amphibians

By Brent R. Whitaker, MS, DVM, Vice President of Biological Programs, National Aquarium


Amphibians can make excellent pets; however, they should not be handled any more than is absolutely necessary due to their delicate skin. In addition, some amphibians release irritating toxins from their skin or special glands. Wearing disposable gloves that have been rinsed free of powder protects both you and your pet and is recommended when handling amphibians or cleaning their enclosure.