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Guide to Keeping a Whites Tree Frog
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Guide to Keeping a Whites Tree Frog

Introduction

Buying any pet is a big decision but there are several things you may want to consider first to make sure that a Whites Tree Frog is the pet for you:

  • Are all of the people in your household happy with a frog coming to live there?
  • Can you guarantee that you will have a regular supply of live insects to feed to your frog?
  • Are you happy to keep live insects in your home?
  • Are you prepared to look after an animal that could live up to and beyond 15 years?
  • Is there someone that you can ask to look after your pet if you are away?
  • Whites Tree Frogs are Nocturnal animals so will sleep in the day and be awake during the night.
  • Once old enough, male frogs often croak at night to attract a mate.

Types of Animal

Whites Tree Frogs have been kept and bred as pets for many years and as such obtaining a captive bred animal should not be a problem.

They are normally green or brown, which tend to originate from Indonesia but there are also blue/green frogs which originally originated from Australia.

Buying an Animal

We recommend buying a Whites Tree Frog from a reputable pet shop. The shop will also be able to help you with a supply of good quality live food items to feed to your frog.

Check before purchasing:

The Frog is feeding well.
Any reputable pet shop should be able to provide answers on how often the frog is being fed and what type and size of live food it enjoys most.
The Frog is healthy.
5 point animal health check:
  • Make sure that the animal is alert and responsive.
  • The skin should be moist and free from blisters or sores.
  • The underside of the frog should be clean and free from sores or raw skin.
  • The frog should be able to support itself.
  • The frog should be a keen feeder.

Caring For Your Animal

Overview

  • Ease of Care:Beginner
  • Size:5-10cm
  • Life Span:Up to 15 years
  • Diet:Insects
  • Temperament:Friendly
  • Background Temp:25.5-29.4⁰C (78-85⁰F)
  • HOT Spot:Not required

Equipment Needed

  • Housing:Glass Terrarium
  • Heating:Heat Mat
  • Lighting:UV Tube (Light Cycle: 12 hours of light)
  • Substrate:Bioactive, Orchid Bark, Coco Fibre Brick, Sphagnum Moss, Tortoise Terrain or Spider Substrate
  • Water:Water Dish and Misting

Top Tips

  • Provide a suitable background temperature to allow the frog to function as normal.
  • Use sturdy branches for adults to ensure that they can support the frog’s weight.
  • Ensure that your frog always has clean water.
  • They like to eat so maintain a good supply of food but monitor the frog’s intake to ensure that it does not become overweight.
  • Vary the food items you offer to your frog to keep it stimulated.

Housing:

A relevant sized Terrarium is the perfect housing solution for a Whites Tree Frog throughout its whole life.

  • Whites Tree Frog

    Baby/Juvenile Frogs:

    Exo Terra Glass Terrarium, Mini Tall, L30 x D30 x H45cm (12 x 12 x 18")

    Exo Terra Glass Terrarium, Small Tall, L45 x D45 x H60cm (18 x 18 x 24")

  • Whites Tree Frog

    Sub Adult/Adult Frogs:

    Exo Terra Glass Terrarium, Small Tall, L45 x D45 x H60cm (18 x 18 x 24")

    Exo Terra Glass Terrarium, Medium Tall, L60 x D45 x H60cm (24 x 18 x 24")

Environment

Heating

Originating from a warm environment, Whites Tree Frogs require a warm background temperature within their enclosure to help them to flourish.

A heat mat run on a thermostat is the ideal solution for providing heat. The heat mat should be located on the outside of the enclosure, either on the back or one of the sides.

The heat mat should be used in conjunction with a heat mat thermostat.

Heat mat thermostats are designed to regulate temperatures using a thermostat probe (also known as a sensor).

Correct placement of the probe is critical to avoid overheating and injury to the Whites Tree Frog.

Insert the probe through the lid of the terrarium and tape directly to the inside of the enclosure adjacent to the heat mat. The probe cable should be taped 2-5cm (1-2”) back from the actual probe sensor to allow for a correct temperature reading and avoid it becoming dislodged.

Temperature and Monitoring

As a rough guide daytime temperatures of between 25.5-29.4⁰C (78-85⁰F) and night time temperatures of between 23.9-27.8⁰C (75-82⁰F). Make sure temperatures are checked regularly to ensure that there are no extreme fluctuations.

Lighting

A UV light of 6% or lower should be used with these frogs to give them to day and night cycle and to enable them to process essential vitamins and minerals. They are a nocturnal species and should be provided with plenty of dark hiding areas to sleep away from the brightness of a UV Tube.

Substrates and Decoration

Personal choice will dictate how you decorate your terrarium but we recommend the following as a guide:

  • Substrates: Whites Tree Frogs can be housed on any of the following substrates: Orchid Bark, Coco Fibre Brick, Sphagnum Moss, Tortoise Terrain or Spider Substrate. These substrates will retain essential moisture, helping to maintain humidity levels.
  • Wood for climbing and sleeping on.
  • Artificial or live plants for decoration and to provide darker areas for the Whites Tree Frog to hide away in if it chooses to.

Diet and Water

Babies through to adults should be offered appropriately sized insects. As a general rule, the distance between the frog’s eyes dictates the size of live food that you should offer. A shallow source of fresh dechlorinated water must always be available for these frogs to soak in. They do not drink water using their mouths and instead take in all of the water that they require by absorption through the skin. The frogs do not swim very well so great care must be taken to ensure that the water source provided is no deeper than that of the body height of the smallest frog. The frog’s enclosure should be lightly misted every other day to ensure that the humidity is kept at around 50-60%.

Supplementation

Whites Tree Frogs need to receive additional supplementation to their diet to allow them to flourish and maintain a healthy, productive lives. We recommend using a suitable calcium and multi-vitamin powder.

Health & Hygiene

Always wash your hands, surfaces and equipment with warm water and disinfectant immediately before and after handling your frog, their enclosure and any other equipment.

Additional Information

A Whites Tree Frog will shed its skin every month or two. They will eat their shed skin which may appear strange the first time it is seen but this behaviour is completely normal.

Whites Tree Frogs are exceptionally greedy frogs, it is advised to monitor how much food the frog eats to ensure that it does not become overweight.

An adult Whites Tree Frog will appear chubby to look at but this is normal, hence the nick name “Dumpy Frog”.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How big will my Whites Tree Frog grow?

    Whites Tree Frogs grow to around 5-10 cm (2-4”). Females will normally grow bigger than males.

  • How long will my Whites Tree Frog live for?

    A Whites Tree Frog may live for up to 15 years in captivity if cared for correctly.

  • I have had my Whites Tree Frog for a few months and have never seen him drink?

    Frogs do not drink water with their mouths and instead absorb their body’s fluid requirements through their skin.

  • Will my Whites Tree Frog eat fruit?

    No, Whites Tree Frogs are insectivores so the main part of their diet is made up from insects.

  • What other types of beginner frogs are there?

    American Green Tree Frog, Amazon Milk Frog, Horned Frog.

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