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Care Sheet for Tree Frogs

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 5.00    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 06/30/2008

Main Category:

Aquatic/Land

Sub Category:

Tree Frogs

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Tree Frog Nut

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Peacock Tree Frog, Leptopelis vermiculatus

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Brown Phase, Green and White Phase.

Sexing and Characteristics:

Females generally mature in a brown phase at a length of 50-60mm. Males are also mature in a brown phase but on occasion will retain their juvenile green and white coloring. They generally stay between 30-40mm but can get up to 50mm in rare instances.

Mostly Active During:

Night

Substrate and Water Needs:

Coco bedding and live plants to fake plants and paper towels will all work. Fresh water is essential and should be changed frequently as this frog is known for passing excrement into it’s water.

Lighting and UVB:

No special UVA/UVB is required but a low amount never hurts. This frog is crepuscular so it will get some sunlight in the twilight hours. No definitive studies on the effects of UVA/B have been done on this species.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Day temps should be around 25.5C to 30.5C down to 18.3C to 22.2C at night. A winter drop is not essential but can be done for three months, dropping an average of 5-10C. Humidity should be between 50% to 75%.

Heating and Equipment:

Use under tank heaters. If a well planted vivarium is utilized, water changes and/or filters should still be used as these frogs pass their excrement into water.

Caging Provided:

Minimum 15 gallons for a pair, add five gallons for each subsequent adult. Generally, this frog does well with space as it is a good jumper and can get fairly good sized for a tree frog.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Feed a half dozen medium to large crickets daily, per adult. Cut back to four crickets per adult in simulated cool periods. Leptopelis also do well on tropical cockroaches.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Dust crickets once every week. More frequently to every four days in juveniles.

Maintenance:

Regular tank cleanings are required.

Some Words on this Species:

This is not a beginner frog. They are wild caught so are frequently plagued with disease when first purchased at pet stores. It is good to have a general knowledge of frog and amphibian pathogens before purchase and to quarantine them for a month before introducing them to any existing populations you may already have. This frog does not co-habitate with other Leptopelis species in captivity so it can be assumed it does not mix with any species well. Females in particular are aggressive so should be housed alone with one or two males. They are prized for their juvenile green and white coloring but this will generally subside as the frog matures. They can usually be obtained in pet stores in the beginning months of summer in North America.
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