How to Care for Your White's Tree Frogs

White's tree frogs are one of the most hardy tree frogs available. Great for beginners and experts alike. They kind of look like they look like they're smiling. Here are a few pointers on how to keep 'em happy and healthy!


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    Be sure you have a good setup. A terrarium is good, and should be ten gallons at least. Avoid getting terrariums that are longer than they are tall, because these frogs love to climb. The terrain can be dirt, bark, or small gravel. A small water dish also is a must but make sure in is no deeper that 12 inch (1.3 cm) for tadpoles and 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep for adults as they are not good swimmers and can drown! Be sure the frog has things to climb on, and lots of places to hide in. Tree frogs enjoy plants. It is better to buy fake plants, because some real ones are poisonous to frogs.
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    Keep the humidity up. If you don't, tree frogs will dry up and die. You need to mist the living space frequently to keep humidity between 65% and 90%. You can do this with a spray bottle, and do it several time per day. If you do not wish to use a spray bottle, or are unable to do so very frequently, an automatic mister can be purchased at most pet stores. These can be set to keep humidity within a certain range. You need a hygrometer to monitor humidity and a thermometer for temperature.
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    The temperature should be kept between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If your home is cool at night, or has no heating, a small heater can be purchased to keep under the frog's terrarium. If you have no cooling system in the summer, you will have to find a way to keep your frog's area cool. Preferably not a fan, because this can act as a de-humidifier.
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    Feed your frog around a dozen (give or take a few, depending on your frog's weight) small or medium crickets per week. The crickets should have nutrients dusted on them before feeding them to your frog. You can buy crickets with the nutrients already on them at most pet stores, or you can buy the powder separate and sprinkle it on yourself. You can feed your frogs mealworms occasionally as a treat.
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    Be sure your frog is healthy. Although White's Tree frogs are among the toughest breeds available, they are especially prone to overeating. Some can even form fat all over the body, especially above the eyes, which can lead to blindness. If you think your frog is too skinny, feed them a few extra crickets per week, but cut back once your frog puts on more weight. Learn how to diagnose frog illnesses to help keep them healthy. If you suspect that your frog may be ill, see a vet with amphibian experience immediately. Almost all frog illnesses are fatal if medical attention is not sought right away.
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    You can take your frog out of its cage occasionally, just not too much. Some people are even known to bring their White's with them places, allowing the frogs to sit on their shoulder. However, do not attempt this unless you are certain that your frog will not jump off your shoulder (most can be trained not to) and is not afraid of crowds.
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    White's Tree frogs are not only social with humans, but other frogs as well. You can buy your frog a companion. They get along with other White's (be sure they are both the same gender unless you want babies), Red Eyed Tree Frogs, and Green Tree Frogs. Be sure they are all around the same size because large frogs will eat smaller ones.


  • Give your frog lots of space to climb.
  • If you do not have time to spray the cage several times a day, consider buying an automatic one.
  • Adult white's should get a variety of foods including small fish (minnows) and occasionally (every few months) a pinky (baby mouse)
  • Keep their water clean.
  • Your frog may want another tree frog for company.
  • Learn to diagnose tree frog illnesses.
  • You can take your frog out to play occasionally.


  • wet your hands before handling your frog.(with non-chlorinated water.)
  • Frogs will die if the humidity is under 60% for too long.
  • Frogs are allergic to some live plants. Fake plants are highly recommended.

Things You'll Need

  • a cage with screen cover for the top
  • a water bowl
  • a food bowl
  • crickets
  • branches
  • substrate
  • mister
  • calcium/vitamin supplement
  • plants
  • heating pad
  • light
  • night light (optional)
  • de-chlorinater, or containers of spring water

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