Do you believe in love at first sight? We always do.
Especially when at the pet store and you come across a gorgeous amphibian-like the White’s tree frog that you cannot resist. That is love at first sight, indeed!
Just like you, we have also wondered how it got its name!
White’s tree frog or Litoria Caerulea is a native of Australia and Papua New Guinea. It is called the Dumpy Frog and the Australian Green Frog locally. It has a delightful greenish hue, often with golden spots on the back and sides of its body.
Pet stores are the best place to get them home
The Dumpies are popular with pet breeders throughout the year, with sales surging up in summers. The captive-bred frogs are more preferable because amphibians caught in the wild carry way too many parasites which conveniently enter your home and get passed to younger children.
Frogs that are caught from the wild also do not take too kindly to life in cages. Do them this favor and always prefer the ones that are bred in captivity only.
The internet is an excellent place to source them, too, but do not go there for them unless you are sure of the pet store or the breeder.
It turns out that a lot of scamsters and fake breeders are riding on the popularity of the genuine pet breeders and cashing on their enthusiasm. It would help if you verified before you make an online payment.
In case you are buying them from physical stores, this is what you should confirm:
Always insist that you want to see the frogs eat before you decide to take them with you.
Looks for signs that will tell you that the frog is
- Eating quite well
- Has bright eyes
- Plump appearance
- Looks youngish, about 2 inches from snout to vent
A young tree frog with the above attributes is a good choice to call your own.
Sexing the creature can be tough
Young frogs in captivity cannot be sexed. No, not even your expert breeder can help you. The only way you can secure yourself if you intend to breed them is to buy a medium-sized batch so that you can be sure at least one or two of them will turn out to be from the opposite of the species.
Sexing in relation to size and physical appearance
- The largest size that tree frogs turn out to be is 5 inches. Females are bigger than males by a fraction of a few inches. But sizing cannot help in sexing either.
- Again the males have vocal sacs, and there is a nuptial pad between their big toe and fingers, but sadly this is also not a very dependable feature to verify their gender.
Life span of the tree frog
If the keepers exercise due care and prudence, a tree frog in captivity can live up to two long decades. A conservative and practical life span, however, is pegged at 10 or 12 years. In the wild, however, they do not have a very long life span. This is mainly because of their very easy prey.
Apart from a weak camouflage, they do not sport any defense mechanism to predators. This is perhaps the only reason that tree frogs population is well maintained in nature.
How to set up their cage
Tree frogs love to climb, and that is why when you are thinking of getting them for yourself, you must consider a tall (horizontal) terrarium that has a capacity of a minimum of 20 gallons because you want to have tall plants inside. How else will they climb!
By nature, tree frogs are gregarious. They may or may not take to living all alone. Studies have shown that isolating gregarious creatures can lead to building up of stress in such animals that can even be fatal for them.
The only care that you will need to take while housing them together is to make sure that there is no big disparity in their sizes and age. Smaller frogs can be bullied inside the cages by the larger ones. Incidental cannibalism is also a risk that you must be considering.
Here is a list of all other requirements
The tree frogs are active during the day, and so there is no particular need for any lights. If the terrarium has aquatic plants, you could consider using a fluorescent light over the incandescent variety to dissipate the amount of heat inside.
A daytime temperature of 80 F is most ideal for the frogs. You could manage heating with a heater, heating tapes, or mats whichever is convenient for you. Use a thermostat to maintain the heat at optimum levels.
A mesh lid that can be secured tightly is to be used because a lack of ventilation will mean asphyxiated frogs. They can have respiratory complications if ventilation is not looked into.
- Fine particle sand
- Coconut fibre
- Market available reptile substrate
These are good for the frogs because they are good for retaining moisture inside the cage, and they will not cause danger of impaction if they are accidentally swallowed by the frogs.
Food and dietary habits
Feed adult tree frogs only 2 to 3 times in a week and young ones 1 to 2 times in a week. You can give them as many crickets and earthworms that they can eat in 15 minutes. Additionally, waxworms, super worms, and mealworms are great supplements too.
Misting should be done with a spray bottle containing filtered water. Also, fill a water dish and frequently change because sometimes the humidity can sharply fall.
Tree frogs have a wonderful temperament
They will begin appreciating human touch and even acknowledge presence. Handling them is a cakewalk right from day one.
The only precondition is that you must wash your hands and keep them soap and oil-free for their good health and then wash yours with warm soapy water for your good health. Children who handle them must be given adult supervision in washing after them.
Now that you know a good bit about them, get them!