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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 4.18    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 05/03/2004

Main Category:

Aquatic/Land

Sub Category:

Frogs

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

RobT101

Years Experience:

5 to 10 Years

Species:

Gray Tree Frogs

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)
Cope’s Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis)

Sexing and Characteristics:

The Grey Tree Frog and The Cope’s Grey Tree Frog look exactly the same and can not be identified in the field as their ranges overlap. The Cope’s Grey Tree Frog has half as many chromosomes as the normal Grey and it has a faster trill. Both frogs range from light grey to brown in color and can even be found in a green morph. They grow to about 2" in size and mate from mid april till june. Males have a black pach on their throats, charicteristic of their throat sack, which they use to call females. The females of this species are usualy larger and lack the black patch of the males.

Mostly Active During:

Night

Substrate and Water Needs:

These frogs do best in a bog or swamp type habitat. The supstrate you use should be able to hold water and create high humidity, I reccomend a coconut fiber or potting soil. Be sure to provide a large water bowl or "pond" in the cage as these frogs like to soak, natural plants are also reccomended but plastic will work just fine. You must also provide multiple climbing LOGS for these frogs (do not use thin branches as they will not feel as secure), it is best if the logs have peeling bark on them for the frogs to hide under during the day.

Lighting and UVB:

UV is not essential for these animals but they can benifit from it. For lighting I recomend a simple flouressent strip light spanning the length of the cage. It is best not to use incandessent of heat-giving lamps as this will dry out the habitat as well as the frogs.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Because these frogs live in places where the temp. can go down to freezing, heat is not a major concern. Durring the summer moths you should keep the tank at arround 75 degrees durring the day and let it drop to arround 65 durring the night. In the sping and fall months let it go down to 65 durring the day. In winter, if you wish yo hibernate your frogs keep the tank at a steady 50. In the Spring and summer the humidity can be kept up by a daily misting.

Heating and Equipment:

As I said above heat is not a big issue with this frog so the heat from the light should be substantial, however, if you wish to raise the heat a UTH (under tank heater) will work well.

Caging Provided:

A general rule is 3 gallons to a frog, although you can easily keep up to 7 small ones in a 15gal. high aquarium. The tank that you select should be higher than it is long unless it is a very large tank. You could use a screen top or a standard aquarium hood, as it will help to keep in humidity.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

In the wild these animals are oppertuneistic eaters and will eat whatever fits in their mouth. In captivity they can thrive on a diet of crickets and soft worms (wax & silk). You can even feed them wild insects if you are sure that they are pesticide free.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

You should dust every other meal with a calcium supplement and occasionily spray them with an electrolite enritched formula.

Maintenance:

This frog is fairly easy to maintain and requires little experience.

Some Words on this Species:

These frogs make great pets if kept well. They can be kept with other similar species of anphibians (green and barking tree frogs).
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