How To Successfully Keep A Pet Tree Frog

Amazon Milk Froglet (Trachycephalus resinifictrix) Photo by Author 5/20/19
Amazon Milk Froglet (Trachycephalus resinifictrix) Photo by Author 5/20/19
Amazon Milk Froglet (Trachycephalus resinifictrix) Photo by Author

Do you like tree frogs? Are you curious about having a pet tree frog? I personally love tree frogs and have spent countless hours researching and observing different frogs. I have two pet tree frogs, an Amazon Milk Frog and a White’s Tree Frog. Today I am going to explain how I successfully keep my pet Amazon Milk Frog.

Before going any further, I want to stress the importance of buying captive bred animals. When it comes to amphibians and reptiles, I recommend only buying them if they are captive bred. When a frog is captive bred, it is less likely to have any diseases or health issues and will usually have a longer life span. The wild population is also not being affected when only captive bred animals are bought. So, if you want to purchase a frog, make sure it’s captive bred!

There are several important things to keep in mind if you are thinking of getting a pet tree frog.

  1. The most important part of getting a pet frog is the place you purchase it from. You should always do your research and ensure that the animals are well taken care of and that the staff is knowledgeable. Read reviews and contact the customer service department, the last thing you want is to receive an unhealthy frog. I recommend Josh’s Frogs, they are a group of kind and caring people that specialize in amphibians. Josh’s Frogs sells all kinds of different amphibians, reptiles, pet supplies, live plants, feeder insects, and more. And all of these things can be shipped straight to your front door as well!
  2. The enclosure. A glass enclosure is best for keeping frogs as it’s heavy duty, easy to keep clean, and is also nicer looking. I keep Meeko, my young amazon milk frog, in a 12x12x18 Exo Terra glass terrarium. There is a compact top light hood on top of the enclosure and it holds a UVB light bulb. UVB is important for amphibians and I look at having a UVB bulb as a requirement. When setting up the enclosure for Meeko, my goal was to replicate his natural environment and habitat to the best of my ability. Amazon milk frogs are native to the countries of Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, and just the Amazon Rain Forest area overall. I keep Meeko’s enclosure at about 75 degrees F and the humidity level ranges anywhere from 50 to 75 percent.
  3. Substrate. The substrate is what is on the floor of the enclosure, what acts as the frogs “ground”. When choosing a substrate, it is crucial that it be very well draining. A wet, soggy, and poor draining substrate leads to anaerobic conditions, which then leads to disease and infection for the frog. I chose to set up a bio-active enclosure for Meeko. A bio-active set up is simply a set up that acts just like nature and needs minimal maintenance. For the substrate I first laid down expanded clay pebbles and on top of that I laid down a carbon mesh type of barrier. Then I mixed up some coconut fiber, peat moss, sphagnum peat moss, bark, charcoal, tree fern fiber, and sand and used that for the “ground”. To the dirt mix, I added springtails and isopods to act as my tank janitors. Finally, I finished the set up by adding different types of live, tropical plants, a few pieces of wood, tall climbing perches, and a water dish.
  4. Feeder insects and calcium. Meeko has to eat live bugs to survive, so if the thought of that makes you squirm, then rethink buying a pet tree frog. I feed him about 5 small, quarter inch size crickets every other day. The crickets have to be dusted with a calcium powder before they are fed though. I use Repashy Calcium Plus. It is essential that amphibians receive enough calcium, metabolic bone disease can occur if they don’t.

This is just a very brief overview of how I keep my pet amazon milk frog happy and healthy. There are so many things that can be switched up and there are so many different ways to do things. The important thing is that your frog is well taken care of and has everything he/she needs.

Tree frogs are extremely interesting and I learn so much from mine every day. They also bring me a lot of joy and laughter and I wouldn’t trade my frogs for the world. If you love frogs like I do then I definitely suggest buying one, that is if you have the means to provide for it. Having these frogs has been one of the best experiences of my life and I encourage everyone to give them a chance, go see what it’s like to have a pet tree frog, there’s no chance of disappoinment.

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