Puddle Frog

Occidozyga lima

The puddle frog is native to Asia. It is widely distributed, occurring in India (West Bengal), Bangladesh, and southern China (including Hong Kong), and on lowland plains as far south as Indonesia (Sumatra and Java).

The puddle frog inhabits low-elevation wetlands with dense aquatic vegetation, including pools, ponds, marshes, shallow reservoir margins, ditches, paddy fields, and slow-flowing creeks. The species is small (typically only 1–2 inches long) and is gray-brown in color.

Did You Know?

The Puddle Frog is native to Asia.


Does the harvest for wildlife trade or captive breeding of this species harm wild populations?

Little Cause for Concern

Populations of puddle frogs appear to be thriving in the wild.

EcoHealthy Recommendation:

When purchasing a puddle frog, ask for proof that it is captive bred from domesticated animals. Only acquire a pet that is from a reputable breeder or dealer to ensure that you are not buying an illegally wild-caught and/or imported animal.

Invasion Threat

Does the release or escape of this species into the wild harm the environment and/or economy?

Little Cause for Concern

The puddle frog does not appear to pose a threat as an invasive species.

EcoHealthy Recommendation:

Before obtaining any non-traditional pet, check that it is legal to own one in your state of residence and check for permitting requirements. Only acquire a pet that is from a reputable breeder or dealer to ensure that you are not buying an illegally imported or wild-caught animal. Always keep your pet inside a safe and secure enclosure. Never release a pet into the wild.

Ease of Care

Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or being kept as a pet harm individual animals?

Little Cause for Concern

Ease of care of many non-traditional pets depends on the individual owner’s years of experience and knowledge caring for a particular species. For the purposes of this website, we have geared information toward the benefit of the beginner.

Puddle frogs require quality water for swimming as well as resting areas elevated off of the surface of the water.  They also require prey supplemented with vitamin/mineral supplement.  These frogs are native to tropical regions and require a warm, humid living environment.

EcoHealthy Recommendation:

Before acquiring a puddle frog, be sure to research the animal’s specific care requirements. Talk to your veterinarian about the proper diet and housing for your pet.

Health Threat

Does this animal pose a health risk to native wildlife, humans, livestock and agriculture?

Some Cause for Concern

Puddle Frogs may carry the highly infectious amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which causes the disease chytridiomycosis. This species is immune to Bd, but the fungus is a significant threat to most frog species. Bd has been linked to massive die-offs and recent extinctions of native frogs around the world.

Frogs may also carry Salmonella, which if ingested can cause vomiting and diarrhea; these symptoms are usually mild in healthy adults but can be fatal to infants and young children, or anyone with a compromised immune system. It is important to wash hands before and after handling an animal.

EcoHealthy Recommendation:

When purchasing a pet, ask for a list of any medical treatments the animal has received. The fungal disease chytridiomycosis may be harmful to the health of your frog and native frogs. To learn more about chytridiomycosis and the symptoms of disease, we recommend reviewing the information on Amphibian Ark.

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