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Posted by drummagirl on April 04, 2003 at 19:06:57:
In Reply to: WTF handling question... posted by BeDreamin on April 04, 2003 at 18:36:54:
Great choice with the WTF, they're some of the coolest (and cutest) frogs you can get! As far as the handling goes (and some one correct me if i'm wrong), they really should only be handle under "have-to" circumstances, like cleaning out the enclosure or for medical purposes. And even then, you need to wash your hands thouroughly. Frogs skin absorbes what it touches, so if your hands are dirty your frog's skin will be taking all that in, and a lot of the daily things on our hands like perfume, oils or whatever can make your frog sick. Letting them climb all over the place is discouraged too, because of all the crud they can pick up. That said, they are adorable animals that are hard not to pick up, but it's great that you're wise enough to think about this before you purchase a frog. Hope i helped and good luck!!
:I'm considering a WTF, and I've been reading up a bit lately. My only concern is that I keep seeing "unnecessary handling" come up as a cause of the red leg syndrome. In your opinions, what exactly constitutes "unnecessary"? I remember a friend who had a WTF, and constantly had it out, just sitting on his arm or crawling on him while he was watching TV and stuff... Should this sort of contact be discouraged? I have a green iguana, and I love "playing" with her all the time, and I don't know if a pet that I shouldn't really handle is the right thing for me.