Ceijay White, 11, is the caretaker of two pet frogs. Photo: Amanda Vender
Ceijay White, 11, is the caretaker of two pet frogs. Photo: Amanda Vender

Ceijay White, 11, is the official caretaker of two African water frogs. They are aquatic frogs, also called Xenopus laevis. Ceijay lives in Queens, New York. IndyKids interviewed him about his frogs.

How long have you had these frogs?

A little over a year. My old science teacher was giving them away. There was a raffle and it was 100 percent sure I would win.

Why were you so sure?

Because I was the only one who entered the raffle.

How do you take care of the frogs?

I feed them three to five food sticks every morning, broken in half. But it’s okay if I miss a day. When you see the water go below their waist, you have to add water. You have to clean the tank once a month. But you can’t use soap because it will damage their health.

What do you like about caring for frogs?

It’s cool to study them. They swim; they don’t jump. They like to hide behind the rock. The larger one is a female, and the smaller one is a male. They’re cool in their own way.