How to Create a White's Tree Frog Habitat

Whites Tree Frogs are medium sized amphibians that are greenish-blue and are perfect for beginner tree-frog enthusiasts. They are tolerant of handling and spend much of their time soaking in water or sleeping. However, be careful not to hold them with your bare hands, as the oils on our skin can cause them discomfort.


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    Gather and organize all the materials. This will make a specific object easy to find.
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    Pour about 1" of gravel on the terrarium floor. This drainage level will prevent plants from "drowning" and will help regulate humidity in the terrarium.
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    Pour about 2" of soil or mulch over the gravel. These substrates keep the terrarium humid and provide soft bedding in case the frog falls off a perch. They also help to avoid impaction (clogging of throat or stomach because of substrate swallowing) when these frogs are hunting. These frogs are lunge attackers and often get a mouthful of substrate with their prey.
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    Place the soaking bowl anywhere on the substrate. The corners of the back wall provide perfect places for these water bowls.
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    Dig out a portion of the terrarium soil to place the feeding dish if you choose. You can also just set the dish on the substrate. They will find their way into the bowl. The opposite side as the water bowl is an ideal place to put this.
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    Add some branches that are at least 1 1/2" in diameter to the cage. These branches need to be strong enough to support White's Tree Frogs that can grow large and get heavy.
    • A hiding place will provide security to these shy frogs. Anything as simple as a Tupperware container can be used, but cork bark rounds make excellent naturalistic hides.
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    Plant some plants into the terrarium or use pre-cleaned fake plants. A large Gasteria plant in the back with philodendron as ground cover is perfect for White's.
    • A fluorescent tube light provides bright light, but light is not necessary as these frogs are nocturnal, and a heat pad or heat emitters will provide heat. Heat is only necessary if your home temperature routinely drops below 78º.


  • The male Litoria caerulea has a booming call. It has a "ERR DEE, ERR DEE!" To get them to call, simply play Zydeco music or any music with a beat.
  • More good plants are Ficus, Cryptanthus, and heavy, broad-leaved philodendron species. Bear in mind that your frogs will damage plants as they jump about and forage at night. They get big and are a little brazen with their jumps.
  • Exo-Terra provides many hides, branches, plants, water dishes, feeding dishes, and soil.
  • Spraying the terrarium daily will provide appropriate humidity. Always use distilled or RO water. Never use tap. Even with a de-chlorinator there are still chemicals and heavy metals present.
  • Leaf litter and moss can be added to provide a more natural environment.
  • Crickets, mealworms, earthworms, and any other non-venomous preferably soft-bodied invertebrate can be offered as food. Pinkie mice can be offered to females just before they begin their mating season; but not as a regular meal, as they are fat rich and hard to digest.
  • A daytime temperature of 78ºf-82ºf (25ºc-27ºc) is perfect for these tropical amphibians. A nighttime temperature can drop to as low as 68ºf-70ºf (20ºc-21ºc). They should not fall below 65ºf (18ºc) for extended periods.


  • Fluorescent lights provide almost no heat, and should not be used as a primary heat source.
  • Never use heat rocks for frogs. These can quickly cause burns.
  • Be certain to dust the frog's food with calcium D3 every couple of days or so (approximately 3-4 times a week until the first year. Then twice a week is fine after that.)
  • Also utilize a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement about twice a week to help with any missing ingredients.
  • Never feed White's Tree Frogs solely on fatty foods such as worms and pinkie mice. A diet of crickets and soft-bodied roaches (like dubia and lobster roaches) with occasional worms is a perfectly balanced diet.
  • When using heat pads make sure that there are more than one heat source, or these frogs will rely solely on the heat pad for warmth. This can cause severe burns.

Things You'll Need

  • 20 gallon (75.7 L) tall terrarium
  • Gravel
  • Soil or mulch
  • Water Bowl
  • Feeding Dish
  • Hide
  • Branches
  • Plants
  • Light
  • Heat Sources

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