Acquired: Pet store,
Rescue / shelter organization
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted Jun 27, 2013
Very similar to keep to the green treefrog, these can also share quarters.
The most success I had with gray treefrogs was a very simple setup -- a ten gallon aquarium with a full hood, with just a thin layer of water on the bottom (1/4 to 1/2 inch deep) and a ceramic dog bowl of water, both changed daily with dechlorinated water. Also in the tank were several small potted starter plants, such as Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema), Philodendron, and Brazilian swords; as well as several hardwood tree branches for climbing. I didn't use a heater of any kind, but the ambient temperature in the room was kept at 74-78 F at all times. Aquarium lights were kept on during the day for the plants (which did have to be switched out occasionally for more light) and off at night. The plants provided a great place for the frogs to hide.
Daily, mistings with dechlorinated water helped keep the frogs active. They were fed twice weekly -- a large feeding of 3-4 gut-loaded crickets once a week, and a smaller feeding of a few moths or other insects once a week. My gray treefrogs regularly sang, which can be a bit unnerving at dawn or dusk when in bed -- it's quite a loud noise, for such a tiny frog -- but a lot of fun.
Gray treefrogs can learn to take crickets from their keeper's fingers. Handling should be kept to a minimum and hands should always be thoroughly washed and wet before handling.