Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jan 08, 2015
This is not a pet for children nor for someone who is unable to provide specific conditions or wants an interactive frog. We had bought this frog for my sister's 13th birthday. Not knowing anything about frogs, we decided to use hand sanitizer whenever we touched him. Boo was very beautiful and vibrant, but timid and shy, not very active at all. Despite of this, my sister held him not-stop. 3 days after owning him, he was found dead in the tank, and after a very emotional burial, I decided to do some overdue research. Turns out, frogs breathe through their skin, and red eyed tree frogs are especially sensitive, so the sanitizer we used most likely poisoned and killed poor Boo. Also, this rain forest creature is used to damp, humid climate, so it is necessary to mist them several times a day and keep the tank fairly warm at all times. This was a lesson well learned, and after doing more research, I found that a Dumpee tree frog is much lower maintenance and much more durable, a frog more suitable as a pet than a red-eyed.