Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Posted May 13, 2012
There's always been something about the Whites Tree Frog that appealed to me. I don't know whether it's their comedic expression of a constant, docile smile, or the amazing noises they make. I worked with three of these creatures for two years at college, and I have to say that they were always one of my firm favourites. Unlike a lot of amphibians, they can be handled for short periods of time (providing that you're careful!) which is a highly interesting experience. They're surprisingly pleasant to the touch with quite silky skin, and when conditioned properly they can be held in the palm of your hand without worrying about them escaping.
They are definitely not a cheap-and-easy pet to have. They require a certain level of humidity, a certain temperature and a certain type of enclosure. However, don't let this put you off. They are relatively easy to keep, especially when compared to other amphibian species. It is very important to get the environmental conditions correct though. The amazing array of colours they are available is sure to fascinate you: from a deep purple to a brilliant emerald green, you'll be sure that there are no two frogs of this species the same.
I would recommend doing a lot of research into this species before buying one. They can be very greedy (especially with mealworms and their favourite - crickets) and sometimes just don't know when to stop eating. Devising a strict feeding rota and sticking to it is something that I thoroughly recommend for the health and fruition of your frogs. They're okay with being kept alone or in a group but I would also recommend keeping them in a pair at least.
(Please note that this image was provided and produced by my college).