How to Care for Your White's Tree Frog
White’s Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea), also called Dumpy Tree Frogs, are medium sized (4”), nocturnal, arboreal frogs native to parts Australia and New Guinea. Their color ranges from medium green to turquoise, with small white spots visible on their backs at times. They may change color slightly in response to humidity, temperature or mood. These tree frogs are hardy, handleable and easy to keep and are generally considered to be a beginner pet.
White’s Tree Frogs are arboreal and spend relatively little time on the ground or in the water. They are frequently kept in groups of 3-4; an all female group, or a single male with 2 3 females is the recommended mix. Tree Frogs will appreciate a tall enclosure. An ExoTerra 18”x18”x24” is highly recommended. They require a fairly densely planted enclosure with either live or artificial plants. Since they tend to orient themselves upwards, a front-opening enclosure is best to reduce the chances of them escaping Many White’s Tree Frogs are kept in planted enclosures with an expanded clay ball and mesh drainage layer topped by coco fiber or other vivarium soil mix. The plants in the enclosure should be sturdy. Broad leafed plants, such as pothos or sansevieria are appreciated by the frogs for sleeping on during the day. White’s Tree Frogs can also be kept on non-particulate substrates such as paper towel with real plants in pots or artificial plants. A shallow water dish should be provided for the frogs to soak in. The water should be free of chlorine and chloramines. Water conditioner products designed for turtle enclosures will work well for treating tap water. Distilled water should not be used. It’s important to clean the water dish regularly.
Heating and Lighting
White’s Tree Frogs do best with daytime temperatures in the high 70’s to low 80’s. They will tolerate a temperature drop into the high 60’s at night. Supplemental heat can be provided during cold weather by attaching heat cable or tape to the side or back of the enclosure. Although White’s Tree Frogs are nocturnal, it is a good idea to provide them with a low wattage full spectrum UV light. They may receive vitamin D3 from the light while sleeping on leaves during the day. In addition, although their feeders should be dusted with calcium and vitamin D3, there is a chance that the feeders will groom the supplements off before the frogs have a chance to consume them. Florescent bulbs decrease in the amount of UVB emitted with time. It’s safest to replace the bulb every 6 months, though a more accurate schedule can be determined if a UV meter is purchased and used to check UV levels. If live plants are used, adequate lighting and a bulb that promotes plant growth should be chosen and run on a timer to allow a maximum of 12 hours of extra “daylight”. White’s Tree Frogs come from a somewhat more arid climate than most other types of tree frogs. Humidity of 50-60% is adequate and can be achieved by misting every other day.
Food and Supplementation
White’s Tree Frogs are primarily insectivorous (insect eating) though some enjoy a pinkie mouse periodically. They will eat crickets and medium sized Dubia Roaches. For variety, they can also be fed moths, house flies mealworms or small superworms. They are voracious eaters and need to be monitored to insure they don’t become obese.
White’s Tree Frogs require calcium, vitamin D3 and other vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and development. Live prey should be dusted with calcium and vitamin D3 every other feeding.
*This care sheet contains only very basic information. If you are new to White’s Tree Frogs, please do additional research to obtain additional information from more detailed care sheets.
*This care sheet contains only very basic information. If you are new to veiled chameleons, please do additional research to obtain additional information from more detailed care sheets.