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Golden Tree Frog

Care Sheet

Size: about 1.5 to 4 inches  
Expected Life Span: around 6 years  
Lifestyle: Arboreal (lives in trees)  
Level of Care: Good for beginners  

General Appearance:

The Golden Tree Frog changes color with changing temperatures. They are usually in color ranges between browns and bright yellow and sometimes develop black spots on their backs. They have an angular shaped head that narrows down to a pointed nose. These frogs have extremely strong hind legs that help them propel themselves to a staggering 7 feet or more. Given these legs, the Golden Tree Frogs tend to appear as though they’re gliding from one treetop to another, when they are viewed in their natural habitat. 

*Always Wash Your Hands Both Before And After Handling Frogs or their Habitat*

Know your Frog:

Knowing your frog and understanding how to cater to its unique needs is important when you get one as a pet. They are called a ‘pet’ but frogs are not actually a pet you  ‘play with.’ Rather, they are to be appreciated in the habitat similar to watching a fish tank.

The Golden Tree Frogs are Arboreal, meaning they like climbing in trees. The special tree frog habitat we offer is made for them so they can climb. Be sure to provide lots of things to climb on in their habitat like branchy sticks, driftwood, slabs of cork bark, plastic plants/vines, or bamboo poles.

The Golden Tree Frog is delicate and does not like to be touched too often. This will make them feel threatened and this distress leads to illness; so do not touch them unnecessarily. Your lotion or even the oils in your skin can do a lot of harm to the frog.

The Golden Tree Frog in the wild is found in treetops. They are extremely agile and can jump right out of their habitat. You must be extremely careful when you handle them while you clean their habitat.


These frogs need to eat 3 to 4 times a week. The Golden Tree Frogs are not particular on their food…if it moves and they can catch it, they will happily eat it.  They do need movement to recognize food, so they will not eat dead food sources. Crickets, worms and other small creepy crawlies form the bulk of the frog’s diet.  They can recognize routine –if you feed them at the same time every day you’ll start to find them waiting for their lunch. Any uneaten prey should be removed from the enclosure the next day to prevent dead insects from polluting the frog’s environment. Every-other feeding we suggest you sprinkle a little calcium or multivitamin powder onto the bugs before you drop them into the habitat. 

Caring for Golden Tree Frogs:
First and foremost, remember that your little Tree Frog is a big jumper…you want to make sure you keep the lid firmly on your frogs habitat at all times.

Temperature: Frogs are cold-blooded, meaning they can’t regulate their body temperature on their own. A heater is not usually necessary as these frogs are comfortable in room temperature, but if your home is cold you should consider a small heat light for extra warmth.

Humidity: These frogs like high humidity. You can help keep the humidity high by using a plant mister to spray the habitat with water once a day or more. Air conditioners lower the humidity of the room so if you have one on, you must give your frog’s habitat a few more sprays of water to make sure he doesn’t get dehydrated. Coconut Husk bedding is good to use because it helps to retain moisture in the habitat.

Cleaning: Make sure the habitat is always clean. If you move the frog into another container to clean his habitat, gently lift him with your fingers being careful not to poke, pinch or squeeze him. You must also be very careful when you clean your Golden Tree Frog’s habitat. They are extremely sensitive to soaps and detergents. Using only hot water, rinse the habitat and décor. Remove dirty substrate bits or replace the entire substrate.  Always wash your hands after handling the habitat contents.  

What if I can no longer care for my Frog?

These frogs live a long time. If there’s ever a reason you can no longer take care of it, please do not release the frog outside. He can not survive outside temperatures and he may not have learned to hunt on his own.  Some suggestions: find a friend or neighbor who would like a pet frog, or donate it to a school for a wildlife display, or give it to a local pet shop who can possibly find it a home.

Get to Know Your Frog

नमस्ते (Namaste! That means “Hello” in Hindi…One of the languages from my native habitat. I am a Golden Tree Frog that comes from India, stretching through to the Philippines, and parts of tropical Asia. I have many other different names as well, including Golden Foam-nest Frog, Four-lined Tree Frog, Asian Flying Frog, Golden Flying Frog, Common Tree Frog, Banana Frog, and Asian Tree Frog. My gold color and abilities to glide through the forest like I have wings, is how I came to earn the common name of “Golden Flying Frog.” I am a very active little frog that loves to leap great distances. In the wild I glide from tree-to-tree, traveling up to seven feet per a jump! …It’s a fancy pair of powerful legs for such a little frog!

Want to know what I can do? Get to know the super COOL parts of my Anatomy!

1. Moist Gold Skin

Golden Tree Frog Anatomy

• Did you know that my skin color and markings come in many different colors and patterns? I can be found as a solid orange-tan, to a lightly-striped gray with a brown stripe outlining my face, to a highly patterned tan, beige, brown and gray variation, with four dark stripes from my head down my back. My belly is always a solid white or cream color.

“A Master of Camouflage!” I can also change the color of my skin to blend in with my surroundings. This protects me from being seen by predators. Don’t be surprised to see me change from a bright gold to a very dark brown depending on what I am trying to match! I also change color depending on the temperature. If it is very cold I will be a dark brown, but if it is toasty warm, expect to see me as bright as 14k gold can be!

• Did you also know that I like all other frogs cannot swallow water? I depend on my skin to receive the water my body needs. That is why it is so important that you always help me stay moist!

2. Tiny Orange Suction Cups on Each Toe

• Sticky Fingers! These suction cups on my toes allow me to stick to wet leaves and other slick surfaces without falling. That way I can climb anywhere I want to! Which reminds me…Did you know I have four toes on each front leg and five toes on each hind leg?

3. Hind Legs

• Don’t think my skinny little legs are just meant for jumping! These babies, along with my sticky fingers, help me climb trees or scale any other vertical structure with even greater ease than Spider-Man!

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