Acquired: Online breeder / seller
Posted Feb 12, 2013
I've been keeping and raising American Green Tree Frogs for forty plus years now and they are what I consider to be the perfect frog for someone wanting a frog as a pet.
This frog is easy to care for with one reason being that you don't have to provide any artificial heat for this frog. They are small and they should be kept if at all possible in a screen amphibian habitat. They really do need more height in their cage to be happy than they do floor space. They also need branches and plants to climb on to be happy.
You should provide them with a shallow water dish that they can get into and out of easily. And you need to be sure to provide them with clean fresh water on a regular basis.
A frog is not a pet that you should handle on a regular basis. They are more of a pet to be watched and enjoyed rather than handled. If you handle one of these frogs too much you will stress it out and may make it sick or even kill it.
One thing you'll quickly find out unless your careful is that these frogs can and will escape quite easily. You need to provide your enclosure with a wire mesh top or lid that is secure so your frog can't get out. These frogs can get out through holes you would never think they could. So keep that in mind when selecting a tank or enclosure for your frog.
One of the best things about American Green Tree Frogs is that they make excellent first pets for a person wanting to keep a frog as a pet. And if that's you then this is probably the perfect frog for you.
I put cypress mulch in the bottom of my frogs enclosure because its easy to replace and it helps to hold moisture and keep the humidity up in the frogs tank or enclosure. The humidity needs to be at around 60 percent and the temperature needs to be at 68 to 77 degrees. You can use a clean unused spray water bottle to mist your frogs cage and keep it moist. I keep a humidity meter and a thermometer in with my frog so I can keep a close eye on the humidity and the temperature and so should you.
In case you're wondering frogs of this type eat exclusively insects. I feed my frog live crickets that I have sprinkled with a calcium supplement to make sure my frog gets enough calcium.
I always use bottled water with all my amphibians and reptiles so they never get water with chlorine or chemicals in it. This helps to insure that they stay healthy and happy.
You can find an American Green Tree Frog at your local pet store or online and you should expect to pay about $10 for one. I always look for healthy looking specimens that look and act healthy. As long as you take care of its very simple needs you should end up with a healthy happy frog that you can enjoy keeping as a pet.