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Crowned Tree Frog - Triprion spinosus (Captive Bred)

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About This Product

Defining Characteristics:

  • Intermediate tree frog
  • Shy during the day
  • Moderate maintenance
  • Call is a loud, "boop-boop-boop"
  • Medium-sized
  • Can be kept in groups

Name: These frogs are most commonly called Crowned Tree Frogs, but will also be referred to as the Coronated Tree Frog and the Spiny-Headed Tree Frog. They are named for their bony protrusions that are present on the top of their heads. This is also conveyed in their scientific name, Triprion spinosus. 

Recommended Terrarium Size: Being medium size frogs, Crowned Tree Frogs require a large enclosure. A 29 gallon aquarium or 18x18x24 glass terrarium is a good sized enclosure for 2-4 of these frogs.

For younger Crowned Tree Frogs, moist paper towel or long fiber sphagnum moss is preferred. Adult Crowned Tree Frogs can also be kept above water instead of a substrate. All substrate should be changed frequently (at least once a week), and clean the enclosure and décor with a 5% bleach solution or ReptiSan Habitat Disinfectant. If paper towel is used as a substrate, it should be cleaned daily.

A large water bowl is a necessity, and water bowls should be cleaned daily and scrubbed out with hot water. The enclosure should provide plenty of perching areas, such as wood branches or vines, as well as live plants or fake plants.

Temperature (°F): They can tolerate temperatures between 70-80° and seem very tolerant of temperature swings. Ideally, keep Crowned Tree Frogs in the mid/high 70s. A 5 to 10 degree temperature drop at night is ideal.

A good thermometer is recommended to keep track of environmental conditions.

Humidity: In the wild, precipitation and humidity fluctuates based on season, with a heavy rainy season in the early part of the year. Adult Crowned Tree Frogs can handle a wide range of humidity levels, but prefer humidity levels around 50-70% with plenty of ventilation/air movement. Young Crowned Tree Frogs do much better with 70-80% humidity, and some air movement. Moist, stagnant air is a big no-no with Crowned Tree frogs, while very young animals dry out easily. Routine spraying and a full screen top will aid in providing proper humidity levels. Some keepers elect to keep Crowned Tree Frogs over water to aid in maintaining humidity.

A reliable hygrometer is highly recommended.

Size: Adult Crowned Tree frogs can measure from 2 to 3 inches, with females being larger than males. Crowned Tree Frogs will continue to grow throughout their lives, and older animals can be quite large.

The Crowned Tree frogs sold by Josh’s Frogs measure about 1 inch long, and are eating 1/4 inch crickets.

Age: Captive life span of the Crowned Tree Frog is unknown, but suspected to be in the 10-15 year range, based on experience with similar species. Crowned Tree frogs are at least 6 weeks old when sold by Josh’s Frogs.

Feeding: Crowned Tree Frogs are voracious eaters, consuming anything that moves and fits into their mouth. Adult Crowned Tree Frogs will readily eat 3/4 inch crickets. Add other feeder insects such as wax worms, roaches, horn worms, and meal worms. All feeder insects should be dusted with the proper vitamin/mineral supplement. Josh’s Frogs sells Crowned Tree frogs that are eating 1/4 inch crickets.

Sexing: They are generally sexable by 8-10 months of age. Females are larger and more rotund and males will call when placed in a rain chamber. Josh's Frogs sells at least 6 week old Crowned Tree Frogs that are unsexable.

Color/Pattern: Crowned Tree Frogs start out life as gray froglets with black and gray banded legs. The spines on the head are not present until later in life. The coloration slowly changes to a light brown/bronze and a darker chocolate brown.

Social Behavior: These frogs do great in groups. Overly amorous males may harass females on occasional, but Crowned Tree Frogs typically coexist peacefully in groups.

Breeding: In the wild these frogs are phytotelmatic, non-obligate egg feeders. Crowned Tree Frogs are not exceptionally difficult to breed—typically all they need is a cork tube partially submerged in water. Females will deposit eggs at the water line and periodically will lay unfertilized eggs as food for the subsequent tadpoles. Tadpoles will nibble on the female when she is partially submerged in the water which signals the female to lay eggs. 

Natural Range: Southeastern Mexico (disjunct populations on the Atlantic slopes of the Sierra de los Tuxtlas, Oaxaca State and Veracruz State, 800-2,068 m ASL); eastern Honduras (95 m ASL); Costa Rica and western Panama (350-1,330 ASL) (Savage 2002; Santos-Barrera et al. 2004). Lives in cloud forests and is active the whole year (Duellman 1970). (amphibiaweb)

History in the Hobby: While there are private hobbyists breeding Crowned Tree Frogs, they are not being produced in large quantities and could be considered to be a more uncommon frog species.

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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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Crowned Tree frogs

I just recently ordered 3 of the Crowned Tree frogs! My experience with Josh’s frogs was very pleasant from the online easy ordering to the communication with staff both via email and phone! When they arrived the animals were well packed and insulated. I was so impressed by them that I ordered 3 more just two days later! I am excitedly awaiting there arrival Wednesday! I’m confident they will be as awesome as last weeks!

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