White's Tree Frog Care Guide
The Species: White's Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea) also known as the Green Tree Frogs, Dumpy Tree Frogs or Australian Green Tree Frogs are common amphibians to be kept as pets due to their appearance. Native to Australia and New Guinea, they are also now invasive in New Zealand and the USA after human release they inhabit tropical rainforests. These frogs are social and should be kept in a minimum of pairs to allow them to interact with one another.
Enclosure: These frogs are arboreal and should be housed inside terrariums, made from glass. A minimum size enclosure for an adult pair is 45x45x60cm however for 3-4 individuals they should be kept in an enclosure of 90x90x45cm. For a juvenile pair, a suitable size enclosure is 30x30x45cm however can be placed straight into a larger enclosure.
Being a tropical species, these animals need suitable substrates and ideally need the substrate to be earth based to keep humidity up, recommended substrates are Arcadia Earth Mix or ProRep Bio Life Forest however other alternatives are also acceptable. Various layers of substrate can also be beneficial such as having a drainage layer at the bottom, followed by an earth based layer which can then have a bark layer on top and can even be topped with leaf litter. Do not use arid substrates for this species.
Various decor and apparatus should be included to provide as natural of an enclosure as possible. Woods, rocks, vines are all suitable to use for this species along with a pond large enough for them to soak themselves in and ideally swim. It is important to add branches, vines or other apparatus which will allow them to climb and exhibit natural behaviours. Reptile safe plants are also a good addition to tropical enclosures as it helps maintain humidity levels.
Heating: White's Tree Frogs don't often need heat lamps as they can usually reach temperature in a warm house, however it is important to keep in mind that they do have a temperature range of 21-27 degrees celcius (70-80 degrees farenheight) and should not exceed 29 degrees celcius (85 degrees farenheight). If the temperature range cannot be reached then additional heating should be added to the enclosure, this can be provided by a heat lamp on a thermostat on top of the enclosure. If additional heating is added, it should be on a 12 hour cycle, turning off at night to provide a natural drop in temperature.
Lighting: Despite a lot of information you may come across, we can assure you that White's Tree Frogs do in fact need UVB lighting. Many sources out there will inform you that because this species in nocturnal they do not need UVB however this is not the case, countless times it has been proven that these animals do need UVB lighting to prevent them from getting MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease). They don't need high levels of UVB however it is important that they do receive it. This lighting should cover approximately 3/4 of the enclosure to ensure that the animal receives adequate levels of UVB as much as possible. These frogs should have a minimum of 6% and a maximum of 12% UVB bulb and they should be replaced every 6-12 months to ensure that the UVB doesn't run out within the bulb. All lighting should be on a 12 hour cycle to provide a natural day/night sequence.
Humidity: Being a tropical species, it is important to make sure that the correct humidity levels are being reached, White's Tree Frogs should have a humidity range of 60-90%. The best way to achieve these levels is by using a misting system to keep the humidity of the enclosure up. Mist King are the top-rated misting system but there are other suitable options. Alternatively, you can use a hand sprayer throughout the day, however this can become more difficult to reach ideal humidity levels. Keeping live plants in the enclosure can also help with keeping humidity levels up.
Diet: Tree Frogs are carnivores and naturally hunt for their food in the wild. Their diet consists of insects and other invertebrates, they should ideally be given a varied diet of insects including locust, crickets, cockroaches, wax worms and meal worms. Ideally as they are arboreal animals, they should be fed arboreal insects such as locust.
It is important to supplement your Frog's food which will help in preventing MBD, calcium is the main priority supplement however others are also important such as Vitamin A. We recommend Arcadia's supplements provided on rotation including Calcium with Magnesium, Earth-Pro A Supplement and Repashy Vitamin A Supplement for Amphibians. All three of these will provide a complete level of supplements.
Water is also an extremely important aspect to an animals diet and constant water access. White's Tree Frogs should be provided in a large pond, ideally that they can swim in. Water should be changed daily or filtrated, we generally recommend RO water or mineral water, tap water cannot be used for frogs due to it containing chlorine which is harmful to amphibians.