Red-Eyed Tree Frogs as Pets
Red-eyed tree frogs are easily recognized by their vivid colors and red eyes. Their bodies are a bright green color with yellow and blue striped sides. They also have orange toes. They grow up to about 2 – 3 inches in length and can live anywhere from 4 to 10 years. If you plan on getting red-eyed tree frogs as pets, it is important to learn about the requirements needed to keep these frogs healthy.
Red-eyed tree frogs like to be in company with their own kind, so having more than one is ideal. Just ensure that they are equal in size, they all get enough food, and there is enough room to house them.
Being nocturnal, they are active at night. They do not move in the daytime and will be camouflaged among the plants.
Red-Eyed Tree Frogs – Habitat
Frogs love to climb so having plenty of fake plants, sticks, cork bark, or driftwood in the habitat will give your frogs plenty of climbing opportunities. Also, you should provide branches so that they can get out of the water easily. There must also be a cover on top of the home so your frogs can’t jump out.
Red-eyed tree frogs do very well in a high humidity environment. Temperature should be kept cooler at night than in the day so by adding a thermometer and humidity gauge, it will allow you to monitor these readings. A substrate that retains moisture is best to use to keep the humidity level at an ideal setting.
Cleaning the tank regularly is very important. All left over food should be removed from the tank to avoid any contamination. These frogs are quite delicate and do not like to be handled too much, so only touch them when necessary. If you need to remove your frogs before cleaning the tank, handle them very gently. Avoid use soaps or detergents as these tree frogs are sensitive to them. Before and after cleaning the habitat and handling your frogs, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
Red-Eyed Tree Frogs – Diet
Feeding your red-eyed tree frogs crickets will keep them content. They can also eat worms, or other small moving insects. Dusting the bugs with calcium and vitamin powder before you feed them to your frogs will ensure they have enough nutrition to keep them healthy.
Before you start caring for red-eyed tree frogs, you must find out all you can about their specific needs.