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Name: The Australian White's Tree Frog, also known as the Dumpy Tree Frog, is scientifically known as Litoria caerulea. They are so named for their large, simple appearance (dumpy) and for the naturalist who originally described the species, John White.
This line is specifically from Australia. The adults are unrelated to each other—these are strong, vigorous frogs that are outcrossed.
Recommended Terrarium Size & Setup: White's Tree Frogs are easy to house. They are large tree frogs, and as such require a larger enclosure–an 18x18x24 terrarium is a good size for 2-4 juveniles or adults.
White's Tree Frogs need constant access to fresh, clean water–a large water bowl is a must! Use an easy to clean dish, as the frog will be using the dish as a latrine and you will need to clean daily. Scrub the dish and disinfect with a 5% bleach solution or ReptiSan.
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Temperature (°F): They can tolerate a wide range of temperatures—keep your frogs between 72 and 80 degrees. At Josh's Frogs, we house our White's tree frogs at 74-76°, with occasional temperature highs in the low 80s. Nighttime drops into the 60s are fine, and encouraged if you are trying to breed White's Tree Frogs.
Measure temperature with a digital thermometer.
Humidity: White's Tree Frogs are very tolerant of a wide range of humidities, making them an ideal pet frog. Aim for an average humidity of 50% or so, with spikes up to 70% right after misting once or twice a day. Providing ventilation is very important - we recommend using at least a half screen top. Stagnant, humid conditions quickly leads to bacterial skin infections in White's Tree Frogs. A large dish of clean water should always be provided.
Monitor humidity with a digital hygrometer.
Size: At the time of sale, captive bred Juvenile White's Tree Frogs from Josh’s Frogs will measure at least 1.75 inches and be between 4-6 months old. White's tree frogs will quickly grow to 3 inches within another 2-3 months. After about 10 months they will be nearly adult size, with adults measuring up to 5 inches in length!
Age: With proper care, White's Tree Frogs can live up to and over a decade. Reports of 15+ year old animals abound.
Feeding: At the time of sale, captive bred White's Tree Frogs from Josh’s Frogs have been chowing down on 1/2 inch crickets for several weeks and growing like weeds! White's tree frogs will quickly grow to 3 inches within another 3-4 months and be large enough to eat 3/4 inch crickets.
As adults, White's tree frogs will easily eat 3/4 inch or adult crickets. All crickets should be dusted with a quality vitamin/mineral supplement. At Josh's Frogs, we dust with Repashy Calcium Plus, Rep-Cal Calcium with D3, and Rep-Cal Herptivite.
Sexing: White's Tree Frogs are fairly easy to sex as adults. Females are much larger than males, with a wider and more stout head. Females will be about 1" longer than males, and are easily 25% heavier. Males generally have a stretched out looking throat - probably a result of all those nightly calls! All White's Tree Frog froglets sold by Josh's Frogs are unsexable.
Color/Pattern: In daylight White's Tree Frogs are bright green, blue, or teal in coloration. At night, when they are active, White's tree frogs are a purple or brown color.
Social Behavior: These frogs are easily kept in groups, especially when young. Make sure that all frogs are getting adequate food—sometimes froglets will outcompete each other.
Breeding: White's Tree Frogs travel down to the forest floor in search of pools of water to breed. Eggs are laid among vegetation that's partially submerged—eggs can be laid at or below the water's surface. Tadpoles quickly grow in the pools, and can leave the water in 6-8 weeks. Young White's Tree Frogs live around the edges of the pools, before making their way back up into the canopy. In captivity, white's tree frogs are typically bred in a rain chamber.
Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair (male & female).
Natural Range: In the wild, White's Tree Frogs inhabit the canopy of tropical rainforests, and are endemic to Indonesia, Paupa New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand. They rely on camouflage to blend in, and do a great job while inactive during the day!
History in the Hobby: White's Tree Frogs have had a mixed history in the hobby. Available typically as wild caught animals imported from Indonesia, captive bred white's tree frogs tend to be hardy captives.
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After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.
With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.
If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.
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