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Frog Safety - Hop to It!

As summer approaches, people start venturing more to the lakeside. Doing so often has us crossing paths with frogs. Catching frogs is a fun pastime, especially for children. But no matter what your age, it's important to do interract with these animals in a safe manner. Here are some steps to safely handle frogs and other amphibians.


Avoid Harmful Chemicals: Frogs can absorb chemicals through their skin, so it's crucial to avoid using any lotions, perfumes, or chemicals on your hands before handling them. Also, be cautious about handling frogs in areas where pesticides or other chemicals have been used.



Avoid Direct Contact with Skin: Since the soaps we use and even the natural oils produced by our skin can be harmful to frogs, it is important to limit direct contact with frogs. A pair of clean gloves is the best option, but if you find yourself without gloves, never fear, just rub your hands in the dirt. The soil will create a natural barrier, keeping the frog safe.


Handle Gently: Frogs have delicate skin, so it's essential to handle them gently. Avoid squeezing or gripping them tightly. Instead, use a light touch. When picking up a frog, support its body properly to avoid causing stress or injury. Place one hand under its body and use the other hand to guide it.


Release Wild Frogs Safely: If you're handling wild frogs, always release them back into their natural habitat after your interaction. Handle them minimally to reduce stress, and place them gently on the ground, preferably near a water source if applicable. Remember that frogs are living creatures and should be treated with respect and care. Avoid unnecessary handling and ensure they are returned to their natural habitat promptly. It's important to release frogs back where you found them.


By following these guidelines, you can safely handle frogs while minimizing stress and potential harm to the animal.



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