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Special Considerations for Amphibians


Brent R. Whitaker

, MS, DVM, University of Maryland, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology

Last full review/revision Jan 2020 | Content last modified Feb 2020

Amphibians can make excellent pets; however, they should not be handled any more than is absolutely necessary due to their delicate skin. In addition, some amphibians release irritating toxins from their skin or special glands. Wearing disposable gloves that have been rinsed free of powder protects both you and your pet and is recommended when handling amphibians or cleaning their enclosure.

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