To house a tree frog, you will need a suitable sized glass tank - see above for recommended minimum size. There are many ways to achieve a suitable temperature. Using a moonlight bulb and dome fitting, connected to a thermostat, set tot he required temperature is a simple and hasssle free way of achieving this. Alternatively, a Habistat High Powered heat mat connected to a mat Stat works very well. The heat mat should be attached to the exterior side of the tank and covered with a piece of cereal box card or polystyrene to reduce heat loss. In both cases, the heating sources should be placed at one end of the tank to provide a temperature gradient across the tank.
Place your thermometer and/or thermostat sensor on the substrate in the middle of your vivarium, making sure your thermostat sensor does not sit directly above or beside your heat mat. At this point in your vivarium the thermometer should read the ambient temperature required for your species, give or take a couple of degrees Fahrenheit. The best way to achieve an accurate temperature is with a thermostat.
At the opposite end to the heating elements, you should provide your animal with a deep water bowl. Water bowls with rough edges are preferred as it makes it easier for your animal to get in and out of, alternatively, placing an artificial plant in the water bowl will also work. Tap water can be used, but if in doubt, water treatments are available. You should also spray your animal daily but do not saturate the substrate.
For the substrate, a layer of peat covered by a layer of moss is recommended. The moss and peat must be kept damp at all times. Spot clean the tank regularly removing any faeces or left over food. A full tank clean should only be needed once every 6-8 weeks or more. Providing plenty of hiding places will help your animal feel more secure. Cork bark and artificial plants work well.
UV lighting is not essential but all amphibians will benefit from it and there have been a growing number of cases of Metabolic Bone Disease. We suggest the Arcadia 6% tubes for amphibian species. It is worth noting that glass filters out all UV and mesh will often halve the effectiveness of your UV source for this reason we suggest using a reflector to improve the effectiveness of your UV tube. When using an Exo-Terra glass tank, the bulb should be suspended within the tank at the top, or on top of the tank with a reflector.
Reptiles have adapted to living with strong UV radiation from above, so placing the UV tube level or within 45 degrees of your animal’s eye could damage it severely (photokeratoconjunctivitis or cataracts). Symptoms include swelling of the eye(s) and area around it, or cloudy eye(s). This is thankfully not too common but it is better to be safe and not allow your animal to sit alongside or within a few inches of your tube.
It is also important to ensure there are plenty of places such as plants and cork hides so your animal can find shade. It is worth noting that glass filters out all UV and mesh will often halve the effectiveness of your UV source for this reason we suggest using a reflector to improve the effectiveness of your UV tube. Always remember to replace your UV tube every 6 months unless the manufacturer suggests otherwise. The tube’s UV producing capability will degrade though the tube will show no obvious sign. As far as we can tell only the Arcadia D3+ and T5 range last 12 months and give a virtually guaranteed 6% UV for the duration of that time.
Most tree frogs' dietd consist of a range of live insects. Your frog should be fed 3 times a week and should be given as much food as it will ravenously eat, leaving no excess in the tank. Excess crickets have been known to bite and dead food will eventually rot, increasing bacteria levels in your tank and increasing the frequency of the need to clean it.
A good quality vitamin supplement is essential to the well-being of your frog. Nutrobal is recommended and this powder should be dusted onto food every 2 out of 3 feeds, or even every feed if possible.
Handling your frog is not recommended due to a number of issues. However if you do choose to handle your animal, make sure that your hands are wet and clean. It’s strongly suggested that sensible personal hygiene is followed when having to remove your animal from its enclosure. Always use a good hand rub and a good quality anti-bacterial spray on all surfaces after handling.
When it comes to your animals health, if you are ever in doubt ask a respected dealer for they’re advice, and if still in doubt go to a specialist veterinarian. There are a few simple things to look out for.