Red Eyed Tree Frog
Size: about 2 to 3 inches
Expected Life Span: 4 to 10 years
Lifestyle: Arboreal (lives in trees)
Level of Care: Good for beginners but fairly delicate
The Red Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) is an amazing animal that is well known around the world for its bright red eyes and its exotic colors. As its name suggests, the Red Eyed Tree Frog has bright red eyes with vertical, ellipse-shaped black pupils. They usually have bright green backs and legs, a bright blue side and orange toes. This blue coloration extends along the forearms of the Red Eyed Tree Frog. This species of frog has a wide variation in color depending on where they are found. The white to gold stripe on the sides appears and disappears according to the species, and some variations include orange colored thighs.
*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 Red Eyed Tree Frogs are highly arboreal, meaning they like to climb. So your habitat should include good things to climb on. 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 Red Eyed 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.
They are nocturnal (active at night). During the day they stay in hiding or lay inactive in a corner of the habitat to sleep. However, during the night you can watch them become very active.
The Red Eyed Tree Frog is usually found living amongst friends and relatives. They like to play around and be in the company of their kind, so they would enjoy having a companion or so in the habitat. However, do not put more than 4 in the habitat that we offer due to space constraints.
These frogs need to eat 3 to 4 times a week. The Red Eyed 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 Red Eyed 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 Red Eyed 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.
Red Eyed Tree Frog
Hola! That means “Hello” in Spanish…The language of my native Country. I am a Red-Eyed Tree Frog that comes from the Rainforests of Central and South America. My appearance is so recognizable that I have officially become the mascot for the “Save the Rainforest” campaign…It’s a big a job for a little frog!!!
Want to know what I can do? Get to know the super COOL parts of my Anatomy!
1. Big Red Eyes
- Did you know I use my big red eyes to scare off predators? This is called “Startle Coloration.” When in danger, I expose my bright red eyes, bright blue belly, bright green back, and bright orange toes to “Startle” my predators. One split second of my colorful explosion can confuse my predators enough to give me a chance to leap away!
- I am watching you! Are my eyes closed or not? Look out! Sometimes I may appear to be sleeping, but look closer…do you see any golden threads over my bright red eyes? This is called my nictating membrane and a third eyelid that protects my eye while still being able to watch everything around me! Talk about sleeping with one eye open!!! I’ve got two!
2. Bright Green Moist Skin
- Did you know I can 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 bright green, to dark green, to even brown depending on what I am trying to match!
- 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!
3. 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?
4. Hind Legs
Don’t think my skinny little legs are just meant to climb trees. One jump and
I can leap several feet!