Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Illinois, United States
Posted Sep 26, 2012
N. pictus does best in an environment with a large body of water with a lot of logs or cork bark emerging from the water. This is because N. pictus lays their eggs within holes in trees or other wood that overhangs a body of water so that the tadpoles are able to fall into water to spend their time until they metamorphosize into froglets. As with all frogs keeping their environment clean is important because they can easily contract disease if exposed to a lot of bacteria. As with keeping them in captivity the temperatures along with standing water is a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. I may suggest using a submersible filter in the water to help keep the water clean. Duckweed or java moss in the water can also help keep water clean.
Overall they're a beautiful nocturnal frog with a loud birdlike trill for a call. Males call almost all night so if you are a light sleeper you may consider keeping them in a room other than where you sleep.
In terms of nutrition these frogs will do fine with a diet of crickets dusted with a high quality vitamin/calcium supplement. The occasional treat such as a worm or small roach is ok but keep it as a treat and not the main diet.
Using Reverse Osmosis water is probably best, otherwise treat the water with a store bought water treatment from a pet store.
Don't handle these frogs often like other tree frogs, keep the water clean, keep a large body of water, and logs or cork bark submerged in the water. Foliage can be added but make sure it's frog safe.