FAQ

I am a hobbyist. Can I buy frogs from your company?

Not at this time. However, we are currently investigating the viability of a retail e-commerce site. Please check back for updates.

Why don’t you sell to the public?

Since its founding in 1989 by Kim Thomas, The Frog Ranch has focused its attention on providing the highest quality amphibians available to the world market. In order to successfully execute this task and to provide these animals at the lowest possible price to the largest number of consumers, it is necessary to distribute the animals through the various available channels of commercial distribution. Attempting to sell to individuals would place extreme limitations on our ability to provide the highest quality amphibians to the greater general public. That being said, we are currently evaluating the viability of an e-commerce web service for the retail market. Please e-mail your comments and suggestions regarding the expansion of our site.

I am a hobbyist and sent an e-mail to your company but did not receive a response. Why?

While we make every effort to answer each e-mail we receive, mainting the sizable staff required would substancially increase the price of the animals we provide. We hope that you will find some of the answers to your frequently asked questions contained here in this page, and will continue to add more over time.

Why aren’t Surinam horned frogs and other “hard to get” horned frogs always available if you breed them?

Breeding frogs is an extremely involved, complicated and time-consuming process—certain species even more so than others. All frogs produced at The Frog Ranch are bred on site by Kim. When time permits, he devotes his time to breeding the more difficult species; however, the majority of his time is focused on producing the most sought after species in order to satisfy the desires of most hobbyists. As a result, the more difficult and time-consuming species are produced in smaller numbers and therefore are considered to be more “rare”.

How do I breed frogs?

Successfully breeding frogs is an extremely involved, complicated and time-consuming process. Each species of frog requires intricate and varied environmental and physical triggers. The Frog Ranch has spent decades researching and perfecting protocols for each individual species, and for specific individuals within those species. It would be virtually impossible to communicate via the written word, given the limited space herein, to adequately communicate a successful formula to even the most experienced herpetoculturist.

Why don’t you sell “blue” frogs?

The “blue” frog was originally offered for sale prior to 1989 by a private breeder in Southern California and was originally sold under the name of “Turquoise” Pac Man frog. In later years The Frog Ranch subsequently attempted to develop the frog to the point that it would not require a carotene deficient food in order to retain its blue like color into adulthood. During this span of time The Frog Ranch was simultaneously working on developing The Albino Horned Frog. As of the Albino’s introduction in 1992, the demand for the frog was so strong that it required all of Kim’s time and as a result the Turquoise Horned frog project was abandoned. Although we still see descendants of the turquoise frog in our breedings, Kim believes it would not be proper to represent this frog as “blue” when it has not been developed to a point that it retains its color into adulthood without the use of a specially prepared food.

There are a lot color morphs on your website that I’ve never seen offered for sale even though they have already been introduced. Why?

Unfortunately many American distributors and suppliers are reluctant to offer new color morphs as they are often expensive and unproven sellers. The opposite is true with overseas buyers that are eager to try new and different color morphs and frogs. As a result, many of the color morphs are slow to enter the American market and are usually shipped to other countries. In response to this problem we are currently evaluating the viability of an e-commerce web service for the retail market. After all, what good are new and exciting frogs and color morphs if they are not readily available to the American hobbyist? Please e-mail your comments and suggestions regarding the expansion of our site.

Why are Apricot and other color morphs from your company so much less expensive than some other breeders?
Are they inferior?

For over two decades The Frog Ranch has been the world’s leading amphibian propagation, conservation and research center; as well as the largest commercial supplier of frogs to the world market. “Breeders” that have surfaced in the past several years have “inherited” parts of our gene pool and have worked very hard to represent them as their own by promoting them on websites and vending at reptile trade shows throughout the country. To their credit, some have been successful in their venture. They have been able to create a “perceived value” by artificially inflating retail prices to the public. For some individuals, this creates a false sense of superior quality, when in fact the genetic strains originated from The Frog Ranch.

Our focus is to supply the highest quality amphibians through traditional distribution channels, in order to provide a large, readily available supply to the general public, at the lowest possible prices.

I’ve seen a new species of horned frog available on the market called C. joazeirensis but I don’t see them offered by The Frog Ranch. Why?

The C. joazeirensis or Caatinga Horned frog was first bred in the U.S. by Philippe de Vosjoli and Bob Mailloux. Our founder holds Mr. de Vosjoli and Mr. Mailloux in the highest regard as two of the earliest pioneers of the amphibian hobby and is acutely aware of the persistence and dedication required to obtain, research and ultimately breed a new species. It out of this recognition and respect that Kim chooses not to breed the species and in turn hopes others will hold in similar regard species and morphs developed and produced by The Frog Ranch.

Did The Frog Ranch create the Albino Horned frog?

Yes. The Albino Horned frog was developed by our founder Kim Thomas and was released in 1992 to much fanfare throughout the world.

Were you the first to breed the Aurita?

Kim, the founder of The Frog Ranch produced the first known successful captive breeding of Ceratophrys aurita within the United States.

How do I become a dealer for your company?

In order to qualify as a dealer for The Frog Ranch, you must hold a valid pet-related business license, be operating under a DBA (doing business as), and meet the dealer minimum order requirements.

Who qualifies as a distributor?

Distributors qualify for our highest pricing tier. They must hold a valid pet related business license, be operating under a DBA (doing business as), have a commercial “brick and mortar” business address and be able to meet the distributor of minimum order requirements.