Acquired: Online breeder / seller
New York, United States
Posted Jan 24, 2011
Red Eyed Treefrogs are very popular among herp keepers, and appear on t shirts, mugs and conservation banners worldwide. However, it seems they are often purchased because of their appealing qualities - bright colors and huge red eyes, but many folks do not realize that they have specialized requiremnets that are not always easy to meet.
The easiest food to provide is small crickets, but they will not thrive on this diet, even if supplements are used. They need wild-caught moths, flies, beetles and other tiny insects (flightless housefly cultures can be purchaesd) along with 10 day old to 1/4 inch crickets and baby roaches if available. An insect trap (please see article) is essential to their proper care.
Red Eyes are stricktly nocturnal, and spend the day sleeping (with their bright eyes tightly closed!) which disappoints some owners. A night-viewing bulb (please see article) helps one to see them after dark.
They stress easily (but show no outward signs), and should not be handled
If you can meet their needs, Red-Eyes make wonderful terrarium subjects, and can even be induced to breed - but don't expect an active, simple to care for pet!
Please check out my article on Red-Eyed Treefrog Care for more info and feel free to post questions and comments.
Thanks, enjoy, Frank Indiviglio
Image referenced from Wikipedia and first posted by Carey James Balboa