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Safe Plants for Your Pets

At Josh's Frogs, we love plants! We also want to make sure you're providing only safe, harmless plants to your pets, we've compiled a list of plants that we work with that can potentially be hazardous to your animals. Please keep in mind that the animals we specialize in (amphibians) do not eat plants, so using potentially toxic plants in their vivaria is perfectly safe. All plants sold by Josh's Frogs are chemical free - no need to be concerned about fertilizers or pesticides when you buy from us! To purchase live terrarium and vivarium plants, please visit our website.

This list is not intended to be definitive - please research your plants thoroughly if you intend to use them in a situation in which they could be ingested.

Aloe White Beauty-Josh's Frogs live plant'White Beauty"" Aloe vera plant

Aloe can cause cramping and extreme indigestion if consumed in large amounts.

brake fernVariegated brake fern
Brake Fern (Pteridium species)

The fronds contain a compound which breaks down B vitamins.

CactiCacti variety

Many species are toxic if consumed. Paired with the threat of physical harm via spines, please research any cacti species you plan on using carefully.

CaladiumCaladium humboldtii 'Mini White'
Caladium (Caladium species)

Like Elephant's Ear, calcium oxalate crystals are present in the body and leaves of the plant. May cause irritation if consumed.

Diffenbachia 'snow'Diffenbachia 'snow'
Dumbcane (Diffenbachia species)

Raphides present. The sap poses a hazard to mucous membranes if a leaf or stem is broken.

Alocasia 'reginula' Black VelvetAlocasia 'reginula' Black Velvet
Elephant's Ear (Alocasia, Calocasia species)

The entire plant contains raphides (calcium oxalate crystals) that can irritate the inside of the mouth when ingested.

Euphorbia milii 'Dwarf Apache' - Crown of ThornsEuphorbia milii 'Dwarf Apache' - Crown of Thorns
Euphorbia (Euphorbia species)

Just like cactus!

Ficus pumila 'Minima'Ficus pumila 'Minima'
Ficus (Ficus species)

Sap is noxious to many animals. It may cause irritation to mucous membranes and eyes if leaves or stem is broken.

Ivy plantsIvy plants
Ivy (Hedera species)

This plant contains saponins, chemical compounds that are used to deter browsing. They are potently toxic to cold blooded animals and insects.

Peace Lily (Spathyphyllum species)

Can be harmful if eaten. Sap can potentially cause reactions with skin or mucous membranes.

pothosPothos plant
Pothos (Epipremnum species)

Contains raphides.

PhillodendronPhilodendron cordatum
Philodendron (Philodendron species)

Contain raphides, which may irritate the inside of mouth. Some animals (red foot tortoises in particular) do not seem bothered.

venus fly trapVenus fly trap
Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea species)

The entire plant is toxic. DO NOT keep with an animal that may consume this plant!

For a more extensive list of commonly grown plants that are harmful, as well as how they can inflict harm, please check out the following resource: - Edible and Harmful Plants

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