Ribbit! Goes the the little Green Tree Frog
The White’s Green Tree Frog, or more simply known, Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea) is a tropical species of frog native to Australia. Because of its vibrant green colour, large size and easy going nature, this variety is one of the most commonly kept species of frog.
Like other frogs, the Green Tree Frog starts its life in an egg and hatches out into a tadpole. This tadpole is quite drab and looks nothing like the brilliant green frog that it will eventually become. The small froglets can sometimes be finicky at first but as soon as they discover what food is, they grow rapidly. If you have never kept one before, it may be wise to choose a frog that is a few months old and already growing well. These frogs will eventually reach up to around 10cm in size.
The enclosure for Green Tree Frogs should be heated. There are a number of ways to do this but whatever way you choose, it must be a regulated heat (preferably thermostatically controlled) with a heat source that is safe to use with your frog. The enclosure should also include a low level UV light as this is important for proper growth and overall health of this animal. Cleaning regularly is essential. They will need to keep their delicate skin moist so it is important to provide fresh, clean water at all times.
Most frogs, the Green Tree Frog being no exception, are particularly sensitive to chemicals. Their thin membranous skin quickly absorbs chemicals on surfaces that it touches as well as particles from the air. Use a ‘frog approved’ cage cleaner such as Ultimate Cage Cleaner and be extra careful when using sprays near the enclosure. Even air fresheners can harm your frog. You should also wash your hands before handling and leave them damp as handling frogs with dry hands can be like sandpaper on their sensitive skin.
These frogs mainly eat insects when kept as a pet. It is important to dust insects with calcium at least weekly for added nutrition. Green Tree frogs love to eat! It is highly entertaining watching a Green Tree Frog eating. It will push as much as it can into its mouth and seemingly ‘suck in’ its eyes in an effort to swallow a large mouthful. It will also use its front legs to help shovel in its meal. Its mouth is almost the width of its body. Believe me – it would try to use this entire width to engulf potential food! This is where you need to be very careful. They have been known to eat each other if you introduce a smaller frog that a larger one could fit in its mouth.
The Green Tree Frog is very easy to care for, stunning to showcase and takes up very little space. They make excellent pets for Children and adults alike and you can expect them to live around 15+ years in captivity.
Guest Post: Sam Drinkwater, IPetz