Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted Jun 18, 2013
Barking treefrogs originate in the United States but have an exotic appearance. They are somewhat chubby as treefrogs go.
I found this one of the easiest amphibians to keep. They are voracious eaters in captivity and require only minimal terrarium infrastructure.
A 10-20 gallon aquarium with a fully-closed hood will suffice. I kept mine with a shallow layer of water on the tank floor (changed every other day), and several sturdy potted plants (Aglaonema or Philodendron) and some cut vines of golden pothos for their hiding places. A few sturdy branches across the terrarium or some driftwood can be of use to them as well. A deeper bowl of water, changed daily, also is needed. Most household room temperatures will suffice, but 74-78 is ideal.
Feed 1-2 times per week with gut-loaded crickets and earthworms. They will also happily take moths. Mine regularly fed from my hand.
Barking treefrogs get their name from the mating call produced by the males, which can be nothing short of obnoxious. The volume is surprising considering the size of the frog. They tend to sing before and during summer thunderstorms, but a heavy misting of the terrarium will also encourage them to sing. They are found in a striking variety of colour morphs and patterns and do change their tone slightly.
Handling is not recommended -- despite being chubby and dumpy looking, they are quite agile and are strong jumpers. Wash hands before and after handling. Using a small plastic container to move the frogs is preferable to a grasping hand.