Since 1989, our goal has been to exceed customer expectations by providing the absolute highest quality amphibians and excellent customer service; doing this in the most ethical, professional, and responsive manner, all at the lowest possible price.
“The Frog Ranch” was founded in 1989 by Kim Thomas. The company began in a very modest facility in California. With the introduction of the Albino Horned frog by “The Frog Ranch” in 1992 the company grew into what is now the largest captive amphibian research, conservation and propagation facility in the world.
Every animal supplied by “The Frog Ranch” is bred on site in a state-of-the-art environmentally controlled, computer monitored facility. The proprietary methods, equipment, systems and bio-security techniques used in the production of animals have been developed by the founder for the last two decades in order to produce an animal of the best health and quality.
“The Frog Ranch” continues to provide pro-bono services to the state of California and the nation’s leading universities involving a wide range of breeding projects, ecological, conservation and survival issues.
Founder Kim Thomas spent the majority of his childhood growing up in the fields, streams, and ponds of California. He spent nearly every day collecting, keeping and caring for frogs, snakes and any other creature he was able to catch. In 1968 at the age of 12 he began his “professional” career at a pet store feeding, watering and cleaning cages. Rising every morning at 5 a.m. in order to finish in time to get to school, his afternoons were spent delivering newspapers and then it was off to the fields and creeks until dusk. Shortly after graduating high school he opened one of only two aquarium installation and maintenance companies in California, while simultaneously managing the fish and reptile department at the same retail pet store in which he worked as a boy.
After recognizing a demand for captive bred amphibians in the pet trade, Kim began research in an empty office space. After a year and a half and much trial and error, Kim discovered a successful method for breeding the Argentine Horned frog, after which in 1989 Kim founded “The Frog Ranch”. In 1992 “The Frog Ranch” introduced the Albino Horned frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli). During the next 19 years The Frog Ranch would grow from its humble beginnings into the largest, most well respected, and highly regarded supplier of quality captive bred amphibians in the world.
Since 1989 “The Frog Ranch” has supplied the highest quality captive bred amphibians available. All amphibians sold by “The Frog Ranch” are bred on site. The animals are reared indoors in a proprietary, state of the art, environmentally controlled and computer monitored facility, using the most advanced water purification techniques available. Tight bio-security techniques ensure that customers receive the highest quality, disease-free and most robust animals.
“The Frog Ranch” has received commendations from universities all across the country including University of California—Berkeley, University of California—Riverside, University of California—Davis, Mt. San Antonio College, North Carolina State University, Florida State University, Cornell University, Yale University, Peabody Museum of Natural History (live display), and Harvard University on a wide range of breeding projects, as well as ecological, conservation and survival issues.
In 2017, Kim made the decision to begin a well-deserved retirement and sold “The Frog Ranch” to Sam Sundberg, a local reptile and amphibian enthusiast with a passion for frogs. Thus began an adventurous year-long process of transferring nearly three decades of breeding knowledge and strategies.
“The Frog Ranch” continues to be the worldwide market leader in wholesale amphibian breeding and has initiated plans to increase production significantly for both domestic and international markets.