No, you can’t touch African dwarf frogs. African dwarf frogs are extremely sensitive creatures. Even the oils from your hands can potentially harm them.
Moreover, some African dwarf frogs carry Salmonella bacteria on their skin that can infect you. Not all of them carry this bacteria, but you should err on the side of caution.
If you really must touch them, you need to take several precautions:
- Rinse your hands with running water
- Don’t use soap, as the residue is toxic for the frogs
- Hold them gently and don’t tug them, as their bones can snap easily
- Don’t keep them out of the water for more than 10 minutes
- Try to keep their skin wet the entire time
- Clean your hands thoroughly after handling