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The Dumpy Tree Frog

Owning a White’s Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea), also known as the Dumpy Tree Frog or Australian Green Tree Frog, can be a delightful experience for amphibian enthusiasts! Here’s what you need to know about caring for one:

  1. Species Description: White’s Tree Frogs are native to Australia, New Guinea, and parts of Indonesia. They are known for their docile nature, large size, and vibrant green coloration, although they can change color to brown or gray to match their environment. White’s Tree Frogs have relatively long lifespans, often living up to 10-20 years in captivity with proper care.
  2. Habitat Setup: White’s Tree Frogs require a spacious enclosure with plenty of horizontal space for climbing and jumping. A glass terrarium or plastic enclosure with a secure lid works well. Provide a substrate such as coconut fiber, sphagnum moss, or bark chips, which holds moisture well without becoming waterlogged. Include branches, vines, and foliage for climbing and hiding, as well as a shallow water dish for soaking.
  3. Temperature and Humidity: White’s Tree Frogs thrive in moderate temperatures and humidity levels. Maintain temperatures between 75°F to 85°F (24°C to 29°C) during the day and slightly cooler at night. Humidity levels should be kept between 50% to 70%. Regular misting of the enclosure with a spray bottle can help maintain humidity, especially in the evening.
  4. Feeding: White’s Tree Frogs are carnivorous and primarily feed on live prey. Offer a variety of appropriately sized insects such as crickets, roaches, mealworms, waxworms, and occasionally pinkie mice. Dust prey with calcium and vitamin supplements to ensure nutritional balance. Feed adult frogs 2-3 times per week, adjusting the frequency based on individual appetite and activity level.
  5. Handling and Temperament: White’s Tree Frogs are generally calm and tolerant of handling, making them suitable pets for beginners. However, it’s essential to handle them gently and avoid squeezing or dropping them, as they have delicate skin. Wash your hands before and after handling to prevent transferring harmful substances or bacteria to the frog.
  6. Healthcare: Regular health check-ups are essential to monitor your White’s Tree Frog’s well-being. Watch for signs of illness, including lethargy, loss of appetite, abnormal skin shedding, or respiratory issues. Maintain a clean habitat to prevent bacterial or fungal growth. Consult a veterinarian experienced with amphibians if you notice any health concerns.
  7. Enrichment: Providing environmental enrichment is crucial for the physical and mental well-being of White’s Tree Frogs. Offer a variety of climbing structures, branches, and foliage to simulate their natural habitat. Additionally, providing opportunities for hunting and exploration can help keep them stimulated.
  8. Lifespan and Commitment: White’s Tree Frogs have a relatively long lifespan, with individuals living up to 10-20 years or more in captivity with proper care. They require a commitment of time, effort, and resources to ensure their well-being throughout their lives.

Overall, owning a White’s Tree Frog can be a rewarding experience for amphibian enthusiasts willing to provide the specialized care and attention these unique creatures require. With proper husbandry, handling, and enrichment, White’s Tree Frogs can thrive in captivity and provide years of enjoyment for their owners.

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