White’s Dumpy Tree Frog
Proper care and feeding of White's Tree Frog:
White's Tree Frogs are popular pet frogs that are native to Australia, Indonesia, and New Guinea. They are also known as the Dumpy Tree Frog, the Smiling Frog, and the Australian Green Tree Frog. These frogs are easy to care for and have a lifespan of up to 20 years if taken care of properly.
A single adult White's Tree Frog requires a minimum of a 10-gallon tank. If you have multiple frogs, a larger tank is recommended. The tank should have a secure lid to prevent escapes and to maintain humidity. A substrate of coconut coir or sphagnum moss is recommended as it retains moisture well. Provide a hiding place such as a piece of bark or a plastic plant, and a shallow water dish for soaking. It is important to clean the tank regularly to prevent bacterial and fungal growth.
Temperature and Lighting:
White's Tree Frogs are tolerant of a wide range of temperatures, but the ideal temperature range is between 75-85°F (24-29°C). A heat lamp or under-tank heating pad can be used to provide warmth. A basking spot with a temperature of 85°F (29°C) should be provided. White's Tree Frogs do not require UVB lighting, but providing it can promote good health.
White's Tree Frogs require a humid environment to stay healthy. The humidity level should be maintained at 50-70%. To maintain humidity, mist the tank with water once or twice a day, and provide a water dish for soaking. Avoid using tap water, as it may contain chlorine or other chemicals that can harm the frogs. Use distilled or filtered water instead.
White's Tree Frogs are opportunistic feeders and will eat a variety of insects, including crickets, mealworms, waxworms, and roaches. They can also be fed pinkie mice, though this should be done sparingly as it is not a natural part of their diet. Offer food every two to three days, and only feed what the frog can eat in one sitting. Dust prey items with calcium and vitamin supplements before feeding.
White's Tree Frogs are generally docile and tolerate handling well. However, it is important to handle them with care and to avoid squeezing them. Wash your hands before handling the frog to avoid transferring any harmful bacteria or chemicals to the frog's skin. Do not handle the frog for extended periods of time, and avoid handling them during shedding or when they are stressed.
In conclusion, White's Tree Frogs are relatively easy to care for and make great pets. By providing a suitable habitat, maintaining appropriate temperature and humidity levels, and feeding a varied and balanced diet, your White's Tree Frog can live a long and healthy life.