Other common names: Common Green Tree Frog; White's Tree Frog; White’s Dumpy Tree Frog; Dumpy Tree Frog
Scientific name: Litoria caerulea
This very “laid-back”, beautiful frog is one of the best pet choices for either novice or experienced amphibian fans. Often described as “droll” by owners, the Australian Green Tree Frog is among the hardiest and most long-lived of all frogs.
The natural range covers much of northeastern Australia and southern New Guinea. Introduced populations are established in Florida, USA and New Zealand.
The Australian Green Treefrog is very adaptable, and may be found in tree canopies near canal and river edges, brushy swamps, or far from water in the rain-filled hollows of Eucalyptus trees. It also occurs in and around suburban gardens and homes.
Appearance / Health:
The Australian Green Treefrog is stout in build, with an average length of 2-4.5 inches. Fatty ridges top the eyes, and there are large adhesive discs on the toes. The body color changes with environmental conditions, and may be yellowish to brilliant green or brown. Some individuals are flecked with white or gold spots, while others are blue or teal in body color. Breeders have produced interesting color morphs.
Well-cared-for pets may live to 20+ years of age. Obesity and digestive tract blockages resulting from ingested substrate are the most commonly encountered health problems. Obese individuals deposit layers of fat above the eyes and on the back, giving rise to the name “Dumpy Tree Frog”.
Behavior / Temperament:
Australian Green Treefrogs are nocturnal, but will readily awaken to feed by day. They are among the calmest of all amphibians, seemingly completely at ease with human company.
While they will readily hop onto the hand for a meal, these friendly creatures should be handled only when necessary, and then with wet hands so that the skin’s protective mucus is not removed. Amphibian skin secretions may cause irritations when transferred to their owner’s wounds, eyes, or the mouth.
Australian Green Tree Frogs do well in groups if provided enough space and cover. High-style aquariums that allow climbing space are ideal. A 30 gallon tank makes a good home for 2 adults.
Sphagnum or carpet moss may be used as the substrate, as these are difficult to swallow. Washable terrarium liners also work well. Cork bark rolls, branches, plants and vines should be provided. Stout live plants in pots (i.e. Snake Plants, Cast Iron Plants) will be appreciated and well-used.
These hardy survivors can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but fare best when kept at 75-85 F. Treefrogs do not require Ultra-Violet B light, but anecdotal evidence indicates that low levels of UVB, along with UVA, may be of some benefit.
The terrarium should be misted at least twice daily. They need only a simple water bowl, which should be changed daily. Chlorine and chloramine must be removed from water via liquid preparations available at pet stores.
Alternatively, Australian Green Treefrogs can be housed in terrariums decorated with live plants and branches overhanging several inches of water. Undergravel, or submersible turtle filters may be used in the water sections of treefrog terrariums.
A highly-varied diet is essential. Crickets alone, even if powdered with supplements, will not support long-term health. Provide your pet with roaches, sow bugs, crickets, locusts, butterworms, calciworms, cultured houseflies, silkworms, and other commercially available insects. Insects should be offered a healthful diet for several days before use.
Most meals should be coated with a powdered Calcium/Vitamin D3 supplement. A vitamin mineral supplement may be used 2-3x weekly.
Males may be distinguished from females by their loose, gray vocal sacs and smaller size. A cooling-off period of 6 weeks at 65 F (after a week-long fast) will often spark breeding activity. Following hibernation, the frogs should be placed in 4 inches of water with some cork-bark. The air temperature is then gradually raised to 82 F, and the water to 82-85 F. A commercial rain chamber, or increased misting, is useful in stimulating breeding behavior.
Gravid females produce 100-2,000+ eggs, which are deposited at and just below the water’s surface. At 82 F, the tadpoles hatch within 24-48 hours. They may be reared on a diet of fish food flakes, commercial tadpole pellets, algae tablets, and par-boiled kale. Metamorphosis is achieved in 4-6 weeks.
Written by Frank Indiviglio
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Adorable, Easy Going Frogs
Most tree frogs are cute, but White’s tree frogs are especially adorable. They always look like they’re smiling. These large frogs have a slow, docile disposition that makes them easy to handle.
Young White’s tree frogs jump around some when picked up, but these frogs quickly become lethargic as they grow. Adults that are used to being handled will sometimes climb up onto an offered hand. Mine would happily lounge on my hand until I set him down.
Even though they are very tolerant of handling, like any other amphibian, White’s tree frogs are sensitive to contaminates from your hands. They should not be handled with dry hands or anymore than necessary.
They’re also not for you if you’re looking for an active frog to watch hopping about. White’s tree frogs aren’t even all that active when they’re hunting. Mostly they prefer to wait for their food to wander by.
Despite their apparent lack of hunting motivation, they do have a ravenous appetite and because they are so inactive, you need to be careful not to overfeed them. Particularly well-fed specimens develop large folds of skin, some of which is normal, but they can become obese. Given the option, these lazy hunters will happily sit in front of a bowl of offered grubs or worms and gorge themselves.
White’s tree frogs will eat a wide variety of invertebrates, although, you should try to include some like crickets that at least make them have to do a bit of stalking. They do require live food and the more variety in their diet the better.
Their tank needs to be kept humid and heated, but even though they are large, they don’t need a particularly large habitat. They like to spend much of their time during the day perched on logs. Even at night, you may catch these nocturnal frogs wandering down for a snack or to hang out in the water, but they tend to stroll, not race around.
The males do vocalize, which I didn’t realize until I first heard mine doing it. Early one morning, I heard a noise I couldn’t identify and followed it to the living room where Prince was croaking. Their croak sounds a bit like a dog bark and would be loud in a bedroom, but isn’t bothersome in another room and I really enjoyed the sound.
White’s tree frogs are extremely calm, cute frogs with a wonderful disposition and easy to fulfill needs..
From gardenfairy Aug 30 2014 3:19AM
Australian Green Tree Frog - Pretty spectacular
Australian Green Tree Frogs are iconic in many tropical areas of Australia. They are loved and protected and make fantastic pets. Although it is illegal in many states to interfere with the wild population, it is possible to come by one of these beautiful creatures through a breeder.
Although they area relatively easy to care for, some care is needed to make sure they are kept free from any chemicals. They can tolerate some handling, however be sure that all who handle your frog wash their hands with water first (no soap) to prevent any toxins from transferring.
They have a long life span, up to 25 years, so be sure you are prepared to care for them for a long time!
They must be kept warm, an aquarium heater in water works well with a waterfall to encourage evaporation and keep the environment tropical. Although they are nocturnal, they still require UV light to prevent stunted growth, so investigate the best light to use for your enclosure.
Water must be made safe for your frogs, it's best to consult your local aquarium dealer to understand the water conditions in your area and learn how to best clean the water for your frog. These frogs are insectivorous, meaning that they eat insects. Some supplements may need to be given, such as calcium and multivitamins to ensure the health of your frog.
Overall, as an amphibian, these frogs are quite easy to care for and maintain and make a great pet for kids. If you're willing to put in the time and effort to setting your frog up well, they will give you joy for many years to come!.
From Jadevandersee Mar 26 2014 7:39PM
More Exciting Than Fish
Frogs don't like being handled, so having a tank is really more of a visual highlight. Setting up the tank with the correct carbon filter, wet, damp and dry areas is expensive and the tank must be housed in specific lighting conditions too. It's important to do this professionally and not just dump them in an old fish tank as frogs are fragile and will die easily.
The tank environment has a disgusting smell, even when insulated and correctly installed. It doesn't smell as bad as turtles do, but when you enter the home you can smell something damp in the air. My tank system was installed by a professional so I know it's a frog issue and not a filtration issue. I won't be replacing them as I am tired of the constant work. I actually have frogs in the back garden too, but they are not as beautiful or vividly coloured as my 'inmates'.
I have an ample supply of blood worms in my backyard and this provides the food. You can encourage blood worms by leaving a contained full of water underneath a lemon tree. Cover the container with a loose cover and leave it for 6 months. By then, you should have an established food source and then you're ready to get frogs. This has worked for every frog owner I've met. I have no idea why.Just be careful in Australia as water sources also attract snakes, never leave children to check the blood worm pond progress by themselves and tap the lid before lifting.
Tadpoles are fascinating and viewing the developing frog really is fascinating. For this reason, it's worth paying extra to have tank glass that is magnified so you can really see what's going on inside the water are of the tank.
I actually installed an elaborate system to show the cycle from tadpole to frog for a home-schooling experiment and it has been educational and instructive, but when this life cycle finishes, I won't be doing it again..
From Annabel Aug 12 2015 7:39PM