American green tree frogs are great hardy pets. These small frogs are timid and most don’t tolerate being handled well. Being handle can cause them stress which can affect their health. They are not the most cuddly of pets, but they are very fun to watch.
4 things to know about your tree frog
- Tree frogs can live up to 15 years
- Green tree frogs grow up to 3inches
- Their mating calls can be very loud
- The sticky disks on their feet allow them to scale walls
A minimum 10-gallon tank is suitable as a cage for green tree frogs, although larger is fine. Multiple tree frogs of the same species can be house together. Keep in mind that frogs are spend almost all their lives in trees and the height of the cage is more important than the floor space. You also need a secure cover to prevent escape. Don’t plan to keep this frog’s tank in your bedroom; it is nocturnal and the males especially are active and vocal at night.
Decorating your frogs’ habitat
- Line the bottom of the terrarium with 2 to 3 inches of coconut-fiber or bark bedding.
- Provide loads of live or artificial branches for climbing and fun acrobatics.
Heat & lights
- Tree frogs are nocturnal. They don’t require sunlight, but they do need lighting that mimics a day and night cycle in their habitat.
- At night, switch to a night-specific bulb.
- Your frog’s terrarium temperature must be kept between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and 65 F to 75 F at night. If necessary, use a heat bulb or a night-specific heat lamp for warmth.
- A thermometer at each end of the tank will help you monitor the temperature.
- Keep the habitat humidity between 50% and 80%. Use a hygrometer to keep track.
- Food offering should only be enough to be consumed by morning.
- The Insects should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice weekly.
- Place supplemental Vitamin D in their diets.
- Fresh, clean, chlorine-free water should be available at all times.
- Provide a large, shallow sturdy water dish that is shallow since these frogs are not good swimmers.
- Mist the cage daily with dechlorinated water to maintain humidity.
Common Health Problems
|Health Issue||Symptoms or Causes||Suggested Action|
|Chemical intoxication||Caused by exposure to soap, detergent, pesticides, etc.||Consult your exotic animal veterinarian. Re-clean everything in the tank to make sure soap is removed.|
|Intestinal obstruction||Caused by swallowing gravel or by eating too many hard-shelled insects.||Consult with your exotic animal veterinarian; surgery may be required.|
|Nutritional deficiencies||Weak hind legs, lethargy, lighter or darker skin color.||Consult your exotic animal veterinarian and ensure varied diet; use vitamin and mineral supplements.|
|Skin problems||Abrasions, bacterial and fungal infections.||Consult with your exotic animal veterinarian.|