Characteristics Of A Red Eyed Frog
If you want to understand more about Red Eyed Tree Frog Care it will help to also understand a little bit more about them in general. The Red Eye Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) is also known as the monkey frog as they have superb coordination. As per their name, they have huge bright red eyes and their upper legs are bright blue while their feet are either red or orange. Their bodies are a neon green and they typically have blue and yellow marking on their sides. The Red Eyed Green Tree Frog has suction cup toe pads, making them exceptional climbers. These amphibians can live for up to 5 years in captivity.
Their Environment And Habitat
Knowing where the Tree Frog originates from will help you greatly with Tree Frog care. It’s a native of South America and the neotropical rainforests in Central America. Phyllomedusid tree frogs are arboreal animals that live high up in trees, only coming down to hunt, explore and mate.
These frogs are nocturnal so they sleep by day and are awake by night. Typically they lay their eggs on the underside of leaves that overhang bodies of water, so once the eggs turn into tadpoles, they easily slide off the leaves and into water.
Red Eye Tree Frogs tend to cope better within a community instead of on their own, so you may want to have more than one at a time as a pet in order for them to thrive.
One essential element regarding Red Eyed Tree Frog care must include knowing what and when to feed your pet. Red-eyed tree frogs are insectivores that eat moths, crickets, flies, and other insects and they mostly feed at night time
They only eat food that is alive and moving. That means if you’re a little squeamish when it comes to handling live moths and crickets, you’re going to have to think twice about getting this type of frog as a pet.
Green Tree Frog Care and Handling
Some people think that good red eyed tree frog care must include plenty of hands on attention. This is not the case as these frogs have rather sensitive skin, so it’s not a good idea to handle them too much. If you do handle them, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands with antibacterial soap. Instead of drinking water, frogs absorb it through their skin and every now and then you may see one sitting in water like it’s about to have a swim. In actuality, it will be absorbing it – or in fact having something to drink.
A Red Eye Frog can swim though, and very well at that. In spite of this however, they’re not fans of water and you won’t catch them diving in on purpose. So do make sure you have something that they can grab onto to climb out of the water should they mistakenly fall in. A rock or branch is perfect.
Red Eyed Tree Frog Care And A Clean Environment
Keeping your frog’s environment clean is crucial. Their skin is sensitive which means that besides absorbing water, they can easily absorb harmful toxins. If you’re using a tank for your frogs, cleaning should be really easy. But if you do find that items like glass are getting hard to clean with a regular wipe down, most pet stores stock an amphibian safe cleaner. Stay away from regular glass cleaners which contain bleach and ammonia that are fatal for your frogs. Even using such products on the outside of the tank can cause odours to linger and be absorbed by the frogs.
Feeding Your Red Eyed Frog
It’s really easy to feed a Red Eyed Frog. Simply throw about 4 or 5 crickets into the tank every other day and every other week you should coat the crickets with a D3 vitamin in powder form. Although they might not eat all the crickets, they’ll eat what they need. A Red Eye Frog won’t eat if it isn’t hungry.
When you first bring your new frogs home and they’re fairly small, only feed them smaller crickets. You can increase the size of the crickets as your frogs grow. Feeding crickets correctly is hugely important. Technically, crickets are an empty shell and there’s not really any meat to them. So you need to make them nutritious by feeding the crickets a gut loading supplement to fatten them up. You can also add oranges and carrots to their diet which will bring out the stunning colours in the Red Eye.
Understanding Red Eyed Tree Frog Care and Health
A dirty environment is the major cause of disease in Red Eyes. Oodimium is a genus of parasitic dinoflagellates and is a common disease that is easy to treat provided it is caught early on. Symptoms of this disease include small white pigment spots on the skin of the frogs. You can treat this immediately, though, by removing your frog from its environment and placing it in a container that has distilled water in it. You should then clean the tank thoroughly. If that hasn’t helped after a few days, repeat this process and add just a little bit of chamomile to the water and rinse your Red Eye. You can also leave the mixture in their food for an hour or so.
Oodimium is also the first sign of Red Leg disease in your Red Eye Tree Frog. There are a couple of other diseases that these frogs can get which could necessitate a visit to the vet in order to avoid incorrect diagnosis and treatment.
While Red Eyed Tree Frog Care is fairly straightforward, you will need to research habitat, cleaning and dietary habits well before bringing your new amphibians home.