Red-eyed Tree Frog Pet Guide

If you’ve seen red-eyed tree frogs before, it’s easy to see why they’re the most coveted pet frog species even to newbie pet frog owners. Their vivid coloration makes them a favorite pet frog display in a vivarium. It’s not surprising if red-eyed tree frogs can captivate even a batrachophobic. Red-eyed tree frogs come from the tropics, so you have to learn how to properly care for them before giving into the temptation of owning one as pet.

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Why Have a Red-eyed Tree Frog as Pet

There’s a reason red-eyed tree frog species is called callidryas, which means beautiful tree nymph in Greek. The frogs resemble like beautiful nymphs thriving and blending in their habitat in the tropics. Owning one would certainly appeal to your friends. And maintaining a pet red-eyed tree frog vivarium would bring a piece of nature into your home. Re-eyed tree frogs are not difficult to take care of too; all the supplies you need are available in the nearest pet frog supplies store in your area.

Red-eyed Tree Frog Description

The big, bright red eyes of this species are well contrasted with the bright green color of its skin. But there are few red-eyed tree frogs, especially the young ones, that have brown dorsal skin too. They all have bright orange toes with sticky pads to grip on tree branches and leaves. They have blue and yellow stripe coloration on the side, and blue coloration on the thighs and arms. The males grow to about 2 1/2 inches, and the females grow to about 3 inches.

Housing Red-eyed Tree Frog

Red-eyed tree frogs are best housed in an arboreal tank you can buy from pet frog supplies store near you. In the wild, they live high up on tree branches and leaves, so provide plenty of artificial or real tropical plants in your pet frog vivarium. Red-eyed tree frogs can swim, but it’s best to put tree branch on their water dish to use as ladder in case they fall into the water. The tank should be kept at 78-85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 66-77 degrees Fahrenheit during the night. You can order an entire red-eyed vivarium set from online pet supplies or you can shop in a pet frog supplies store near you.

Feeding Red-eyed Tree Frog

Red-eyed tree frogs are a little delicate. They are best fed with soft-bodied insects like flies, crickets, moths, or grasshoppers. Don’t feed them with hard-shelled feeder insects like mealworms, for example. Juvenile frogs are feed daily, and adult frogs are fed 5-6 items of food every 2-3 days. Don’t let your pet frogs go hungry by ensuring you have steady stock of feeder insects you can buy from pet frog supplies store.

Handling Red-eyed Tree Frog

While the dorsal skin of a red-eyed tree frog is thick, its underbelly has soft, delicate skin. Artificial plants and tank décors with rough surfaces can easily injure your pet’s underbelly – don’t use these tank décors. Be careful when handling your pets too. They have tiny, fragile limbs that can easily break if you apply force on them. Although it’s not your intention to break your pet’s limbs, you might have an accident especially when you try to stop it from escaping your grip.

Keeping Red-eyed Tree Frog Healthy

It’s not easy to watch your pet suffer from an illness. So keep your red-eyed tree frog healthy by providing it with proper environment, food, and handling. It’s good to gut load feeder insects before feeding them to your pet to ensure proper nutrition. And wash your hands with running water (without soaping up) for several minutes before handling your pet frog.

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