How to Care for a Red Eyed Tree Frog

Red-Eyed Tree Frogs are a beautiful and exotic species of frog, especially for amphibian lovers. It is important to make sure they have the best care possible; this page will teach you how to care for them properly.

Steps

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    Understand the necessities before purchasing the frog. It's best to have an idea of what you're getting yourself into before purchasing any pet.
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    Create a natural atmosphere. Green-Eyed Tree Frogs are native to the jungle, which means that their atmosphere needs to be stuffy, dense and warm. This will help them feel at home. Place many plants in the habitat and add some driftwood, rocks, etc.
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    Feed your frog a natural diet. A juvenile frog must be fed every day; an adult frog, every other day. Tree frogs prefer prey smaller than themselves, including:
    • Flies
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    • Spiders
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    • Worms
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    • Crickets
    • Other reptile/amphibians, even!
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    Get a bigger terrarium for multiple frogs. Frogs are rapid breeders and will mate, so unless you are not going to keep the young, you will need a large habitat.
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    Spray your frog with water every 6-8 hours. Frogs are amphibians and their skin will burn if it is dry. Two or three squirts should do the trick. Try not to spray the frog at the face since it might get scared.
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    Wet your hands before handling your frog. Frog skin burns when it is in contact with dry human skin.

Tips

  • Avoid handling them as much as possible. It can cause illnesses from the lotion, soap, scent, etc.
  • Buy cricket food, water, and protein powder for your crickets to "gut load" them with nutrients that will help your frog stay healthy.
  • If you believe your frog is sick, waste no time and get medical attention immediately. Better safe than sorry.

Warnings

  • Long exposure to heat or low humidity will kill these frogs
  • Some live plants are toxic to tree frogs.
  • Always wash your hands before and after you've handled the Red-eyed tree frog.
  • This species of frog is stressed very easily. Red-Eyes are more sensitive than most other frogs.
  • Don't use gravel unless it is absolutely necessary. Sometimes the frog will lunge for a cricket, miss, and eat the gravel. This is very dangerous.
  • They are expensive, and it could be over sixty dollars just for the frog, and possibly over one hundred dollars more for all the equipment.
  • Only give your frog mealworms occasionally!
  • Try to keep from handling your tree frog very much.
  • Clean the cage at least once every two weeks. Do not use soap! It will kill the frog.
  • Only feed your frog small crickets and mealworms.

Things You'll Need

  • Ten-gallon terrarium (at least)
    • Add 5 gallons (18.9 L) for each frog
  • Spray bottle
  • Crickets
  • Cricket Keeper
  • Plants
  • Water dish
  • Spring water
  • Bark, dirt, paper towels
  • Light or humidifier

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Categories: Frogs