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Tree Frog

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Traits & behavior

Insectivores
This means they eat mostly live insects.

Nocturnal
This means they sleep during the day and are active at night.

Communal
They live well together and with other similar size, gentle reptiles or amphibians like house geckos, long-tailed lizards or green anoles. If housing multiple pets, watch for any aggressive or territorial behavior.

Good climbers
Most treefrogs have adhesive disks on their feet that make them good climbers.
 

Things to remember

Supervision
Always supervise children when they're observing your treefrog.

Handling
Treefrogs have sensitive skin and do not enjoy being handled very much.

Environment
Long-tailed lizards come from a tropical environment and need a warm, humid home.

Food safety
Remove uneaten insects from the habitat at the end of the day; do not allow to remain in habitat overnight.

Safety & cleanliness
Please remember that all pets may bite or scratch, and may transmit disease to humans. Keep your pet's home clean and wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home. Infants, young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and the infirm or elderly are at greater risk of infections and should use caution when in contact with the pet or its habitat. Consult your doctor for more information.
 

Nutrition

Crickets & worms
Treefrogs eat small, live insects, like "gut loaded" (feed the insects a special supplement so they have extra nutrients) crickets, mealworms or waxworms.

Feeding frequency & amount
Feed juvenile frogs daily; adults 3-4 times a week. Offer an amount that can be consumed during their overnight feeding.

Calcium dust

"Dust" the insects with a calcium supplement twice a week - ask a PetSmart associate for details.

Water
Since frogs absorb water through their skin, provide water in a shallow dish for soaking and change water daily. Also mist the surfaces inside the habitat twice a day to maintain humidity levels and to provide drinking water.

Health

Signs of a healthy treefrog:

  • Clear, alert eyes
  • Eats and drinks normally
  • Breathes easily
  • Well-formed droppings every 2-3 days

Things to watch for:

  • Runny droppings or red streaks in droppings for more than two days
  • Lethargic behavior
  • Eating or drinking less; weight loss
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Swollen joints
  • Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth

If you notice any of the signs above, please consult an experienced Reptile Veterinarian as soon as possible.
 

Habitat

Housing
Use a 10-gallon or larger, glass terrarium with a screen lid for proper ventilation.

Humidity
Keep the humidity level in the terrarium at 70-80%. A hygrometer (humidity gauge) will help you keep track. Place moist moss on top of bedding to help maintain humidity. Mist moss twice daily.

Temperatures

  • Day - Maintain a daytime temperature between 75-85° F
  • Night - Maintain a nighttime temperature between 65-75° F
  • Place a thermometer in the home to monitor temperature

Plants
Live plants help maintain humidity levels. Consult a book about tropical frogs for a list of appropriate plants.

Bedding
Line the terrarium floor with 2"-3" of coconut fiber or reptile bark bedding. Remove waste weekly and change bedding at least once a month.

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