Check out our Featured Vendor of the month: Josh’s Frogs

Your name and company name?

Joshua Willard @ Josh’s Frogs

What city do you live in?

We are in Owosso, Michigan.

What type of reptile do you breed?

We work with a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians – currently over 250 species/morphs! We specialize in dart frogs, tree frogs, toads, and geckos, but our captive-bred only selection is always growing!

How long have you been into Reptiles and what got you started?

Josh’s Frogs started in 2004, but many of us have been working with herps since the 1990s.  Josh’s Frogs began in Josh’s apartment when he started buying in supplies in bulk and selling off the extra so he could afford his reptile hobby.

What is the most interesting fact about your species?
 
Lots of species means lots of interesting facts! Here’s our top 5:
  1. Captive bred dart frogs are not toxic – they get their poisons from the bugs they eat in the wild.
  2. Solomon Island Leaf Frogs have direct development. Their tadpoles stay in the egg, and little frogs hatch out a couple months later!
  3. Many of our gecko species do not have eyelids – instead, they lick their eyeballs clean!
  4. The red eye tree frog’s scientific name (Agalychnis callidryas) literally translates into “bright eyed beautiful tree nymph” – pretty poetic for a frog!
  5. Many species of frogs can easily live over 20 years with proper care.

How does your family help with your business?

We like to include our families at special events like the trick and treat event we just hosted (pictures attached).

What projects are you working on for the future?We have a lot of new reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate projects coming up. Some highlights are tarantulas and other ‘pet bugs’, a whole lot of new species of geckos (and hopefully some snake species next year), as well as a lot of new frogs (and a more regular supply of the species we already offer!). We will also continue to grow our offerings of feeder insects (silkworms are on their way!) and dry goods, with new bioactive substrates and support products rolling out in early 2020.

What is the most important information you can give a future reptile keeper?

Research, Research, Research – then buy captive bred! We have spent a lot of effort creating a lot of care sheets, how to guides, and informational content on the website so that our customers are well informed. Remember, a pet is a several year (if not a several decade!) commitment – make sure you are up to the task before you take on the responsibility. Captive bred animals may be a bit more expensive up front, but they make better captives, will be less expensive to care for over their lifetime, and do not have a negative impact on wild populations.
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