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    Question Green tree frog - Care sheet?

    So, me and my friend have been at the pet store recently, and he's been wanting to get a frog, see [He's jealous of me; Gnag and Bumpy are awesome ] and we then we saw these 3 Green Tree frogs [Correction: Hyla Cinerea], which are roughly 0.8-1 inches long when squatting. Of course, he's now planning to get those, so here is a list of questions I'll need answered before we get the frogs:

    -What kind of substrate? And where do I buy it?
    -UV lamp or not?
    -How much water?
    -Where to buy wingless fruit flies? Or do I use small crickets?
    -Fogger or mist-machine?
    -Any special vitamins needed?
    -How to mist a tank?
    -How big do the frogs themselves get?
    -Are they territorial?
    -How big of a tank for the three of them when they become adults?

    Anything else we should think of or get?

    We already know we'll need non-chlorinated and not distilled water, as well as a thermometer. He's getting a 10G ASAP, and as soon as he does, I'm going to be helping him add foliage and wood to liven it up. We can definitely get a lid for the tank, or a 20G instead of a 10G, but it will take time for us to get a good 30G or more.
    Last edited by Gnag the nameless; January 21st, 2013 at 07:03 PM. Reason: Incorrect frog type. Hyla Cinerea, not Dwarf Green Tree frog.

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    <3 [Dwarf?] Green Tree frogs>

    ??? dwarf ???
    Are they froglets?
    What species?
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    Default Re: Green tree frog - Care sheet?

    Correction: Hyla Cinerea
    Common Green Tree frogs

    I just searched the pet store's website.

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    Current Collection
    Dendrobates leucomelas - standard morph
    Dendrobates auratus “Costa Rican Green Black"
    Dendrobates auratus "Pena Blanca"
    Dendrobates tinctorius “New River”
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    Phyllobates terribilis “Mint”
    Phyllobates terribilis "Orange"
    Phyllobates bicolor "Uraba"

    Oophaga pumilio "Black Jeans"
    Oophaga pumilio "Isla Popa"
    Oophaga pumilio "Bastimentos"
    Oophaga pumilio “Mimbitimbi”
    Oophaga pumilio "Rio Colubre"
    Oophaga pumilio "Red Frog Beach”
    Oophaga pumilio "Rio Branco"
    Oophaga pumilio “Valle del Rey”
    Oophaga pumilio "BriBri"
    Oophaga pumilio "El Dorado"
    Oophaga pumilio "Cristobal"
    Oophaga pumilio "Rambala"

    Oophaga “Vicentei” (blue)

    Oophaga sylvatica "Paru"
    Oophaga sylvatica "Pata Blanca"
    Oophaga histrionica “Redhead”
    Oophaga histrionica "Blue"
    Oophaga lehmanni "Red"
    Oophaga histrionica "Tado"

    Ranitomeya variabilis "Southern"
    Ranitomeya imitator "Varadero"
    Ranitomeya sirensis "Lower Ucayali"
    Ranitomeya vanzolinii

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    Default Re: Green tree frog - Care sheet?

    Thanks, this will greatly aid me in helping my friend care for these frogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnag the nameless View Post
    Thanks, this will greatly aid me in helping my friend care for these frogs.
    These are closer in size and care to a Hyla cinera: Frog Forum - Gray Tree Frog Care and Breeding

    Hyla cinerea are a little smaller and more delicate looking and don't have the freezing capabilites of a Hyla versicolor, but their range and habitats overlap so most of your questions are answered in the caresheet.

    My Hyla cinerea is big enough that I feed it crickets a molt or two away from full on adult. Fruit flies are most often found where dart frogs are sold, the frogs will probably get too large to bother with them after a few months. Mine also devours earthworms like it has a grudge against them, but I would doubt this is a species wide love (earthworms are excellent food though, and worth trying).

    Mine hardly bothers with the pool I gave it to soak in, so I wouldn't bother with a major water feature, but do have something they can sit in if they want to hydrate. I don't bother with an auto-mister, just hand mist every day and keep the water supply fresh. These are native North American frogs and don't live in a constant 80+% humidity in the wild.

    No UV bulb for me.

    I only have one of these frogs, so can't speak for territoriality first hand, but I don't believe any of our North American treefrogs are anything but relaxed when it comes to neighbours (breeding season can be an exception).

    I probably wouldn't want 3 adults in anything less than a 30gallon or so, and height is way more important than floor space. Make sure your lid is secure- they can squeeze through very small cracks. Smaller than you'd think until you see them doing it.

    They also have pretty decent chameleon like ability to change their skin colour- mine ranges from a bright green to a dark brown on a daily basis (see my albums). Not quite the range as a Gray Treefrog, but still pretty impressive.

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    I'll link him the care sheet, he'll want to review it.

    I'll advise the smallest crickets possible, then, as I do not know of places selling poison dart frogs close to me. However, I will scan the area.

    We've a small dish that could be filled with water up to about 1/2 inch high, so we'll add a small layer of de-chlorinated water in there.

    Ah, well, a heat lamp or UV bulb is still a good idea in my opinion.

    Hm. I'll take note of that. If anything occurs, I can take in one of these frogs for my friend, I'd be glad to

    I have warned my friend of this, and I will now demand that eventually, a 30G will be mandatory. We'll be using quite a tight lid with tiny holes only a fruitfly could get through, so I doubt that will be a problem.

    Bullfrogs have a kind of chameleon ability too... Gnag turned brown when she went from the tank with tons of moss to the mainly aquatic tank with gravel... which of course, you have seen

    Thanks for the advice, I will not take it lightly. Learning from an expert is much better than reading online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnag the nameless View Post
    I'll link him the care sheet, he'll want to review it.

    I'll advise the smallest crickets possible, then, as I do not know of places selling poison dart frogs close to me. However, I will scan the area.

    We've a small dish that could be filled with water up to about 1/2 inch high, so we'll add a small layer of de-chlorinated water in there.

    Ah, well, a heat lamp or UV bulb is still a good idea in my opinion.

    Hm. I'll take note of that. If anything occurs, I can take in one of these frogs for my friend, I'd be glad to

    I have warned my friend of this, and I will now demand that eventually, a 30G will be mandatory. We'll be using quite a tight lid with tiny holes only a fruitfly could get through, so I doubt that will be a problem.

    Bullfrogs have a kind of chameleon ability too... Gnag turned brown when she went from the tank with tons of moss to the mainly aquatic tank with gravel... which of course, you have seen

    Thanks for the advice, I will not take it lightly. Learning from an expert is much better than reading online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnag the nameless View Post
    Ah, well, a heat lamp or UV bulb is still a good idea in my opinion.
    I've yet to see any evidence to support the need of a UV bulb for a treefrog. They don't tend to spend any time in direct sunlight in the wild.

    Whether you need a heat lamp or not depends on your room temperature. I switch to an incandescent bulb for my daytime light in the winter as I keep my house on the cold side of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleChester View Post
    I've yet to see any evidence to support the need of a UV bulb for a treefrog. They don't tend to spend any time in direct sunlight in the wild.

    Whether you need a heat lamp or not depends on your room temperature. I switch to an incandescent bulb for my daytime light in the winter as I keep my house on the cold side of things.
    I agree with Brian. I don't use any uv lighting for my tree frogs. Just dust their food with a quality supplement and you're good to go.
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    Alright, but I'll still consider it.

    Canada is known for being cold, or at least relatively so, so I'll consider it.

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