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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Happy frog keeping from your author