Australian Green Tree Frog

Australian Green Tree Frog

The Australian Green Tree Frog, also known as the Green Tree Frog, White’s Tree Frog or Dumpy Tree Frog is native to Australia and New Guinea. It has been introduced to New Zealand and the U.S.

The Green Tree Frog can grow to 4 inches or more long, larger than most Australian frogs. Lifespan in captivity is about 16-20 years. Color is usually olive to vivid green, but depending on the temperature and environment can range from brown to green. Some have small white spots on their backs and sides. Discs at the end of their webbed feet help the frogs grip when climbing. Eyes are gold with horizontal irises.

Green Tree Frogs enjoy living anywhere that is moist and cool and can even be found in home sinks, toilets and pipes where humidity is high. Their natural habitats are near still-water sources in trees, in swamps and cooler area grasslands.

Diet is mainly insects and spiders. But they will eat smaller frogs and sometimes small mammals as long as they fit in the frog’s mouth. For small prey the fogs extend their sticky tongues. For larger prey they use their hands to force the prey into their mouths. Be careful not to overfeed your pet frog as obesity can be a problem. Green Tree Frogs lay their eggs in water, usually 2,000 to 3,000 at a time. These frogs are resistant to disease.

They can be kept in aquariums, glass being the best material and covered on top with fiberglass mesh. A 3 foot aquarium can house 3-4 adult frogs. Temperature in the aquarium should be above 18 degrees centegrade and water temperature, 24-26 degrees centegrade. Lighting is with a UV light.

As pets, Green Tree Frogs are very docile and have a gentle nature. They are nocturnal and will feed at night.

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