Red Eye Tree Frog

How to take care of your Red Eye tree frog
by Andrew Williums

The Red Eye Tree Frog is a vibrant multicolored frog, which lives in the rain forest of South America, Central America, and Mexico. It is particularly popular as a pet in Australia.

The particular features of the red eye tree frog that make it so popular are the contrasting colorations and odd looks.

Its body is lime green
Its eyes are red and bulge out
Its belly is light blue and it has yellow stripes down its sides. 

You may be asking if the red eye tree frog is not poisonous what is the point of all this color?
The reason why is to scare off predators. 

When a predator sees the frog and go’s to eat it, the frog can lift up its feet and bulge its eyes more that way the predator will be shocked for a second, giving the frog time to jump away to safety. 

Red eye Tree Frogs are nocturnal.  They sleep all day, usually underneath a leaf, and then feed at night.  They feed mostly on grasshoppers and crickets, but will eat any bug that will fit in their mouth. 

Some environmentalists hope that this beautiful little creature will remind the world to save the rain forest.  Although the frog itself is not in danger of becoming extinct the rainforests are slowly but surely on their way to non-existence. 

Without the rainforest, Red Eye Tree Frog will be in danger because without the rainforest they have nowhere to go and are forced into unnatural living conditions. Increased stress on their bodies due to the living conditions that they are not suited to leads inevitably to their death. 

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The Red Eye Tree Frog are two to three inches in size.  Unlike the majority of humans the female frog is longer than the male.  The female frogs are typically around three inches long and males around two.  When it comes to reproducing, the males fight over the female for dominance and the right to mate. The majority would argue this is Darwinian Evolution at its best.

Red Eye Tree Frogs reproduce anytime between October and March, which happens to be the rainy season. Once a female is spotted, male frogs will jump on her back and she may have to carry them around for days.  The female Red Eye Tree Frog then produces eggs, which are called a clutch, and the males, which are still on her back, fertilize them.  She then takes a swim to fill her bladder so that the next clutch she produces will not be dry. 

As far as keeping Red eye tree frogs as pets go. If you are a first time frog keeper I would stick to the more docile species. Their life span is only about five years.  They do not take well to being held and they are extremely sensitive.  The Red Eye Tree Frog does best with other frogs, so only having one frog could limit your frogs health.

Living plants and branches are best used in their living environment, although fake flora works equally as well.

If you do choose to use live plants which I do actually suggest you do in my ebook there are a few plants to look out for as they are poisonous. A common one happens to be pine.
Leaves are very important to have being that these frogs spend ninety nine percent of their time in an arboreal manner. Including a variety of plants is a good idea.

If you are familiar with the term stratification you will know what I mean here. Stratification within your vivarium basically means that you have a variety of plant size ranges so that your vivarium has “plant levels”.

Red Eye Tree Frogs do not need excessive light so you should make sure that there are shaded portions of the frog’s home.  They love to climb and are usually always in trees, so having a tall living space with a large and varied number of branches is ideal. 

Some have noted that these frogs are showcase amphibians and therefore should not be held. I agree with this. Do not think you can carry your red eye tree frog around with you.

Frogs are a different kind of pet to the likes of your dog. Think of them like fish.

A dozen crickets should be fed to the frog every week.  It is unwise to feed your red eye insects that are found around the yard or house, they can have diseases that can harm him/her. However this is certainly not off-limits and if you think that you live in a relatively disease and pesticide free area then im giving you the all go on this one.

Just have caution. By the way I go into much detail on a solution to this problem in my ebook. Insects can be purchased at any local pet store.

Red Eye Tree Frogs are inactive ninety five percent of the time.  The only movement they make is usually at nighttime.  They sleep most of the day and are quiet.  When they do move they are slow and there movements are planned so they can catch their prey. They may make some noises at night if they are in mating season. 

Heres a funny story for ya

One of the first frogs I owned was a couple of golden bell frogs.

I fed them cicadas that I had caught from trees outside.

So I put the live cicada in my vivarium an it was chirping away, then my frog leaps on it and swallows it whole. The amazing thing was that the cicada was still chirping audiaby in its stomach for at least two minutes after the frog swallowed it!

Now that’s toture.

I hope you are now more prepared and informed on caring for your red eye tree frog

Happy frog keeping from your author

Andrew Williums
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