5 Pet Frogs That Don’t Make Noise (With Videos)

Pet Frogs That Don't Make Noise

Ribbit, chirp, croak, peep!

Frogs make all sorts of noises. From the deep bellowing of a large bullfrog to the bone-chilling screams of the desert rain frog, the extraordinary variety of frogs is rivaled only by their diversity of calls.

Some frogs are loud and can be heard from quite some distance away, while others are so quiet that you can only hear them if you are right on top of them.

While frogs’ adorable noises can add to their appeal, they often call at night and can disrupt the sleep of their owners. Unfortunately, there are no pet frogs that don’t make any noise at all.

However, some species are a lot quieter than others!

Some of the quietest pet frogs are fully aquatic species like the African clawed frog and dwarf frog. There are also several quiet species of poison dart frogs like the green, black, and dyeing poison dart frog. Regardless of species, female frogs tend to be quieter than males.

Before we learn more about some of the quietest pet frogs, let’s talk about why frogs make noise to begin with. We’ll also learn just how loud some frogs can be!

Why Do Frogs Make Noise?

Frogs make noise to communicate with other frogs.

Usually, it is to attract a mate, with male frogs making more noise than females. The female might respond, but her call is usually not as loud or long as the male’s.

Frogs – especially males – also make noise to establish their territories and tell other frogs to stay away. Some frogs also make distress calls if they feel threatened or think they are about to become somebody’s lunch!

If you’ve been around ponds in the springtime, you’ve probably heard a magnificent chorus. Frogs are most vocal during their breeding season and tend to be more talkative in the evening rather than during the day.

How Loud Are Frogs?

While frogs are tiny, their voices are mighty!

Sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). When measured from 3 feet (1 meter) away, some frogs’ calls can be up to 90-110 decibels at the loudest.

How loud is that?

For reference, a motorcycle produces sounds of about 95 dB and 50 minutes of exposure to something that loud can cause hearing loss in humans.

What does 110 dB sound like? Imagine somebody shouting directly into your ear. Just 2 minutes of exposure to sound at this level can cause permanent damage to your hearing.

Of course, not all frogs are this loud. Let’s look at some of the quietest pet frogs!

5 Of The Quietest Pet Frogs

Unfortunately for you amphibian lovers who love your peace and quiet, most frogs make some kind of noise – except for a newly discovered species in Tanzania that doesn’t seem to make any sounds at all.

All commonly kept pet frogs make noise: treefrogs, Pacman frogs, bullfrogs, poison dart frogs, and aquatic frogs all croak, chirp, peep, or even hum!

While none are completely silent, some pet frogs are quieter than others. In this list, we will look at some of the quietest pet frogs.

1. African Clawed Frog

While you might think that fully aquatic frogs might not make a sound, this is not the case. Although they live all of their lives underwater, African clawed frogs still have to communicate with each other, especially when they are trying to find a mate in the murky depths of African ponds, swamps, and streams.

Like other frogs, a male African clawed frog will call to attract the attention of females and to tell other males that he is the top frog. If you listen very carefully, you might be able to hear your clawed frog singing at night – although they have been known to sing during the day during the breeding season.

While these calls can be quite loud underwater, the sound does not transmit strongly to the air. However, you will likely still be able to hear your frog. The video above gives you a good idea of the sounds you might hear from your aquarium.

Male frogs make a 2-part trill that can be repeated up to 100 times per minute – that’s the sound you heard in the video above.

Interestingly, female African clawed frogs will respond with a call of their own, and the type of call depends on her readiness to breed.

If a female is ready to lay eggs, she will respond to the male with a sound that resembles rapid clicking. This sound is referred to as “rapping” by frog experts.

When the male frog hears a female start rapping, his calls will intensify.

However, sometimes a female isn’t ready to mate.

In this case, if a female is approached by a singing male, she will emit a different sound. This sound is a slower, more deliberate clicking and is called “ticking.”

Male African clawed frogs are very respectful and will not only leave a ticking female alone, they may also stop singing to her completely!

African clawed frogs are quieter than many other species of pet frogs, but they still make noise. If you really want to own an ACF (and who wouldn’t?) but are worried about the noise levels, you can adopt a mature, sexed frog to ensure you get a female.

2. African Dwarf Frog

Another fully aquatic species, African dwarf frogs are a little bit quieter than clawed frogs. Like clawed frogs, African dwarf frogs sing the most during their mating season and at night.

These little frogs make an adorable, quiet humming sound, which you can hear in the video.

Every frog is different. Some owners say that they’ve never heard their African dwarf frog sing after owning them for years, while others end up with individuals who are very talkative.

When they do make noise, these frogs’ calls aren’t particularly disruptive. You may not even hear it unless you’re in a really quiet environment.

Males sing more than females, but sometimes females will respond. The calls of female African dwarf frogs tend to be shorter and quieter than the males’. Just like other anurans, ADFs call to attract mates and establish territory.

Your frogs’ nighttime concerts likely won’t disturb your sleep, but it’s probably best to keep their aquarium somewhere other than right beside your bed, just in case!

3. Green And Black Poison Dart Frog

Green and black poison dart frogs are a quieter species of dart frog and are great for beginners! Their quiet call, in addition to their ease of care, larger size, and bold personalities make them a great choice for someone looking to venture into the world of dart frog ownership.

Male green and black dart frog frogs use their calls to attract a female and lead her to a place among the leaf litter to lay her eggs. Yes – these frogs lay their eggs on land! Once a tadpole hatches, the male will carry the tadpole on his back to a body of water. Male frogs often deposit their tadpoles in pools of water that collect in bromeliads. Sometimes they even climb to put their young in a tree hole that has collected water!

While females do not have much to say in return, it has been reported that, in captivity, a male’s call may cause females to fight amongst themselves.

The male’s call can be described as a high-pitched chittering sound, and you can hear it for yourself in the video above.

What a cute sound!

4. Dyeing Poison Dart Frog

Dyeing poison dart frogs are another one of the quietest pet frogs that are popular not only for their low volume, but also for their magnificent hues. These frogs can be a rich blue or a sunny yellow, but they’re usually both!

They’re also one of the largest species of dart frogs, making them very eye-catching. While their colors are loud, their calls are not.

Unlike other species of frogs, dying poison dart frogs don’t produce advertisement calls very often. When they do call, it is very quiet. som while they do make noise occasionally, they likely won’t disturb you too much!

5. Zimmerman’s Poison Frog

An itty-bitty species that only reaches 0.6 inches (1.6 cm) in length, the Zimmerman’s poison frog is another one of the quietest pet frogs.

These tiny frogs have beautiful coloration. They have a bright, greenish-yellow body and blue legs, and they are covered in bold black spots.

While they aren’t kept as commonly as some other species of poison dart frogs, their small size, ability to live in groups, ease of breeding, and quiet calls make them a popular choice among dart frog keepers.

The males only call during courtship, and their calls resemble a soft buzzing sound.

In the video above, you can barely even hear their quiet calls!

The Zimmerman’s poison frog is one of the quietest pet frogs. If you have experience with poison dart frogs and are looking for a species that won’t add much to your symphony, the Zimmerman’s poison frog might be the frog for you!

Closing Thoughts

All commonly kept pet frogs make some sort of noise. However, not all are loud, and you have learned about some of the quietest pet frogs there are.

While their calls are not transmitted as strongly through the air as through water, aquatic frogs like African dwarf and clawed frogs still sing! If you aren’t interested in maintaining an aquarium but still want a quiet frog, a poison dart frog may be the perfect fit.

Maybe none of the frogs on this list caught your eye, and you are interested in another species that might be a little bit louder. Remember that male frogs tend to call more than females. If you could find a frog that is old enough to be sexed, you could adopt a female for a little less noise.

Regardless of the species that you choose, do your research to make sure you can provide a good standard of care for your frog.

A healthy frog is a happy frog, and sometimes happy frogs sing!