Scientific name: Osteopilus septentrionalis
A robust “treefrog giant”, the Cuban Treefrog makes a great pet for both novice and experienced amphibian fans.
The Cuban Treefrog naturally occurs in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Cuba. The Introduced populations are established in Florida, USA and on many Caribbean islands.
It is very adaptable, and may be found in trees near canal and river edges, brushy swamps, or rather far from water in the rain-filled tree hollows. Cuban Treefrogs also occur around gardens and homes, and exhibit a tolerance for the brackish waters of mangrove swamps.
Appearance / health:
The Cuban Treefrog is stout in build, with an average length of 9-14 cm (3.5-5.5 inches) and noticeably-large adhesive discs on the toes. The body color ranges from yellowish-gray to greenish-tan.
Well-cared-for pets may live to 20+ years of age. Digestive tract blockages resulting from ingested substrate is the most commonly encountered health problem.
Behavior / temperament:
Cuban Treefrogs are nocturnal, but will readily awaken to feed by day. While they will hop onto the hand for a meal, they should be handled only when necessary, and then with wet latex gloves, as their skin secretions are irritating to human skin, and, especially, to wounds, eyes, and the mouth.
Cuban Tree Frogs do well in groups if matched in size. High-style aquariums that allow climbing space are ideal. A 20 gallon tank makes a good home for 2 adults. Sphagnum, carpet moss, or terrarium liners may be used as substrates. Cork bark rolls, branches, plants and vines should be provided as perches and shelters.
These hardy survivors 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 daily, and equipped with a water bowl. Chlorine and chloramine must be removed from water via liquid preparations available at pet stores.
A highly-varied diet is essential. Provide your pet with roaches, earthworms, sow bugs, crickets, locusts, butterworms, calciworms, cultured houseflies, silkworms, and other commercially available insects. Insects should be fed 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 smaller size and areas of rough skin (nuptial pads) on the thumbs. A commercial rain chamber, or increased misting, is useful in stimulating breeding behavior. Gravid females produce several thousand eggs. The tadpoles may be reared on a fish food flakes, commercial tadpole pellets, and par-boiled kale. Metamorphosis is achieved in 3-5 weeks.
Written by Frank Indiviglio
pretty fun, attractive species, entertaining
escape artist, sensitive skin, toxin
nocturnal, hot temperatures, Tank cleanliness
"Cuban Tree Frogs are an interesting species of frogs due to their nature and care. They need to be wet constantly in order to stay healthy. That means a tank with a little pool for them to swim and relax in, and a little bottle of water to spray them every so often (I used distilled water). The thing with my frogs is that they are kind of there. They're great for displays, but they do anything else besides lounging around. You can pick them up, but I warn you, they're like living squirt guns. They will urinate at the most random and inappropriate times, and when they do it goes across the room! They need a lot of care put into their habitat in order to keep them healthy and happy, so keep that in mind if you're planning on getting one.."
From Dangles Apr 4 2015 10:11PM
"It was never my intention to own a frog, but sometimes these things fall in our lap. This frog (named frog) came to me via a friend who was moving. Knowing nothing about frogs I trusted my friend Google to tell me what I needed to know about this animal. The enclosure wasn't too bad to keep or maintain--though it probably wasn't optimal. We kept him in a ten gallon aquarium tank with water, enclosure, fake foliage, etc. He ate crickets which we acquired from the local pet store. [A note about crickets: they can be loud, you have to keep them live in a container, and they STINK] Eventually I did end up finding a new home for Mr. Frog. He was not an unpleasant pet to have, didn't mind being held or sitting on your shoulder, but he also wasn't very exciting. If frogs are your thing I would recommend multiple ones, maybe in prettier colors, and definitely do your research. As fly-by pet acquisitions go this wasn't my worst gig, but I'm glad I found him a much better home with a true frog enthusiast.."
From TiffanyAndes Apr 10 2015 6:04PM