Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 21, 2015
For a little over three years I had the pleasure of owning a red eyed tree frog, which I acquired from a pet store in CT. Before I bought him I did weeks of research so that I would be fully prepared. I knew from my research that maintaining his habitat might be difficult, as it needs to remain tropical. When I felt confident in my research I purchased Nigel, along with a terrarium, instruments to keep the terrarium moist and warm at all times, as well as special lights and gauges to read temperature and humidity levels. I would NOT suggest buying a red eyed tree frog without this equipment. They can be fragile creatures and die easily in cold, dry climates.
Another piece of advice is to buy the frog young, so that it can become used to you over the time you own it. You need to be careful around them (especially at first) no loud, sudden noises or movements. This can scare them. I had a very successful experience. Nigel became so used to me that I could pick him up without frightening him if I needed. If you need to pick your frog up, make sure your hands are clean, as they can absorb through their skin (that’s how they breathe and get most of their water)!
Their diet consists of mostly crickets and flies. Crickets can be bought easily and very cheap at most pet stores, and even online!
I think the biggest con to owning this frog was how warm I had to keep my bedroom to ensure he was living in a proper climate. Overall, however, they’re beautiful frogs and fun to watch and learn about!
Thanks for reading!