Facts About Green Tree Frogs: Things to Know Before Keeping Them as Pets
Green tree frogs are one of the most popular pet frogs. They are just fantastic and enchanting-looking creatures. With their harmless nature and distinct physical characteristics, there is no doubt as to why many people keep them as pets. Although they are only a minor concern for extinction, these major amphibians still deserve proper care and attention to help with their reproduction and preservation.
Other Common Names for Green Tree Frogs
- Australian green tree frog
- White's tree frog
- dumpy tree frog
Physical Characteristics and Behavior
Like other tree frogs, the green tree frog has large expanded discs on the tips of its toes and fingers, and its toes are fully webbed. A pair of large parotid glands extend back from the eyes onto the shoulders.
Their eyes are usually a pale gold, while their thighs vary in color from yellow to maroon. The green tree frog's skin is smooth, and the top part of the frog ranges from a bright green to a dull, dark-olive green in color. The underside color can vary from white to brownish-white or pinkish. They normally have a series of white spots from the corner of their mouth to the base of their forearm.
Female green tree frogs can grow up to 10 cm (4 inches), while males are a little smaller at 7.5 cm (3 inches). The largest known size is 15 cm (6 inches). They live up to about 16 years.
These tree frogs are wonderfully curious and have individual personalities and antics. They often stick to the surface of leaves or trees and look longingly at a certain spot.
Like many frogs, green tree frogs call and make "barking" sounds. They do this not only to attract mates, but to advertise their location, usually after a rain, for reasons that are still unknown to researchers.
Green tree frogs catch food with their strong jaws and often will use a hand to force the food down. They are carnivorous and have been known to consume a diverse array of prey including:
- Small birds and bats
- Other frogs
- Small mice (in captivity)
Green tree frogs live throughout the eastern and northern parts of Australia. They prefer cool, damp places, but in more arid areas, they will often use human habitation for shelter. They can be found around human dwellings in places such as shower blocks, water tanks, and toilets.
Although they adjust well to human habitation, their natural habitats are in ponds, creeks, and trees. These natural habitats, however, are slowly disappearing because houses are being built on land that has been cleared for urbanization.
Reproduction and Conservation
The main danger to the green tree frog is the destruction of its habitat through wetland clearance and drainage. In addition to this, the frog is also threatened by a type of fungus called "chytrid fungus" which attacks the frog's skin.
Researchers are currently and very closely examining the effects and spread of this pathogen as it appears to have caused the decline of several species of frogs in Australia and South America.
Adopting a Green Tree Frog
Before deciding to adopt them into your yard, it is important to consider some important things.
What to Consider Before Adopting a Tree Frog
- Don't overfeed them. Green tree frogs tend to become obese if overfed.
- In the wild, exertion of energy is required for a frog to capture its prey. Make sure they have enough space to explore.
- They can make a lot of noise long into the night.
- Set up a terrarium. This provides an environment that closely resembles their natural habit and ensures that they survive so they can continue enchanting more people.
Croaking Green Tree Frog
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.