Have You Met A Red Eyed Tree Frog
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Red Eyed Tree Frogs are one of the easiest recognized tree frogs in the world due to their bright red eyes and orange feet. They are also one of the most colorful frogs in the world. The scientific name for this particular tree frog is Agalychnis callidrya. The Red Eyed Tree Frog is native to the rain forests of Central America.
As you can easily see from the photographs the Red Eyed Tree Frog gets its name from its bright red eyes.
Great Information About The Red Eyed Tree Frog
The red eyed tree frog is one of the more colorful and interesting tree frogs there is. The frog has brilliant red eyes , its green and it has orange feet. It almost looks like something that someone put together instead of a real living creature but it is real and people keep them as pets.
They really are one of the most beautiful species of frog there is. The red eyed tree frog is native to the rain forests of Costa Rica and other parts of central America. Depending on the mood of your red eyed tree frog it can be anywhere from light brown to brilliant green. And red eyed tree frogs get from 2-3 inches in length.
You need to keep in mind that a red eyed tree frog is much more delicate than a snake would be. If you approach it trying to catch it the red eyed tree frog is going to hop away. Your not going to cuddle a red eyed tree frog but they are a great pet for a terrarium.
They are a display pet. In case you don't know that is a pet that you keep on display while you provide for its needs like food, water, and keep its enclosure clean.
Be sure to feed your red eyed tree frog only the smaller crickets. They can have trouble with large crickets.
Here's a great video telling you how to take care of your red eyed tree frog.
Very Nice Red Eyed Tree Frog Specimen In This Photo
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In case you've ever wondered in the day time especially in their native habitat Red Eyed Tree Frogs spend most of the day hiding and sleeping and they keep those bright red eyes closed to help keep themselves hidden. If the frog is startled or awakened during the day light hours by a potential predator they will open those distinctive bright red eyes wide and this will often startle the predator giving the frog time to quickly hop away.
If you check out those bright orange feet you would quickly discover that they have very strong suction cups on their feet that makes them very agile climbers.
In case you're wondering adult male frogs are usually 2 inches or less while females will be larger reaching sizes of 3 inches or slightly larger. Male Red Eyed Tree Frogs croak and dance to try to attract female frogs.
A really interesting thing is that these frogs have the ability to change from a very dark green color to a dull red color depending on their mood and their surroundings.
You can expect your Red Eyed Tree Frog to live up to 5 years.
For The Safety Of Your Red Eyed Tree Frog Feed It Only The Smaller Crickets
They are nighttime eaters and they will eat flies, moths, grasshoppers, crickets and sometimes even smaller frogs. In captivity you will find that they will feed best on crickets and you want to pick out the smaller crickets to feed your Red Eyed Tree Frog.
Red eyed tree frogs are insectivores which means they they eat a solid diet of insects. The best thing for you to feed to your red eyed tree frog is crickets. You will need to locate a pet shop or fishing bait store that can supply you with a steady supply of crickets for your red eyed tree frog to eat. You will need to feed your red eyed tree frog about 15 crickets ever two to three days. And the crickets need to be the smallest size available. Most red eyed tree frogs don't do well with large crickets.
You can easily keep a pair of red eyed tree frogs in a 10 gallon aquarium. For every red eyed tree frog you add to an enclosure you need to add 5 gallons to the size of the enclosure. Inside your enclosure you need fake and real plants and ideally a running or falling source of water like in the video above. Your red eyed tree frogs must have humidity and moisture like the rain forests in Costa Rica have. You can not let your red eyed tree frog dry out. You also will need a thermometer in the enclosure.
Non fertilized potting soil 3-4 inches deep will work great in the floor of your red eyed tree frog enclosure. And your red eyed tree frog or frogs will need a shelter where it can hide during the day as red eyed tree frogs are nocturnal. You will need a heat lamp as your red eyed tree frog enclosure will need to be around 78 degrees in the day time and around 70 degrees at night. The humidity in your red eyed tree frog enclosure needs to be around 70 percent at all times.
Your frog or frogs need a little pond where they can soak. Ideally the water fall or little stream should run into this little pond. Your frog or frogs will soak themselves in this little pond.And there must be a secure top on your red eyed tree frog enclosure because your red eyed tree frog will escape if it can at all.
Your red eyed tree frog will need humidity , it will need to be fed crickets and you will need to keep the enclosure clean and the water will especially need to be clean. The humidity in the enclosure is very important so that your frog does not ever dry out.
Here's A Great Video On How To Care For Red Eyed Tree Frogs
Red Eyed Tree Frog Eating A Cricket
Red Eyed Tree Frogs Are Nocturnal
They will be active at night and the best time to observe them is between 1 and 4 A.M. They move around a lot while they are looking for food. When they lay their eggs they will lay them on the underside of leaves over water so the tadpoles will fall into the water when they hatch.
Red Eyed Tree Frogs Often Walk Around Rather Than Hopping
A lot of people see their frog walking around and they think there is something wrong with their frog. Don't worry because your frog can hop around when it wants to.
Don't Handle Your Red Eyed Tree Frog Any More Than Necessary
Keep in mind that it's not a good ideal to handle them any more than necessary because of their sensitive skin. If you do need to handle your frog for some reason be sure to wash your hands very well with an antibacterial soap and rinse your hands very well. Its best to pick these frogs up with a solo cup. You can catch the frog in the solo cup and cap your hand over the top so the frog can't get out. This will help to protect your frog from getting incidentally damaged.
Keep Their Home Very Clean
You will want to be sure to keep their habitat or home very clean because as I said above they do have very sensitive skins. Use only water to clean their glass with as glass cleaners contain ammonia and this can be deadly to Red Eyed Tree Frogs. If the glass becomes really dirty you can purchase an amphibian safe glass cleaner in larger pet shops.
Predators and Threats
In their wild native habitat Red Eyed Tree Frogs are often preyed on by Owls, Toucans, Young Alligators, Tarantulas, Snakes, and Bats. In their Central American home the rainforest is disappearing at an alarming rate and as the rainforest is cut down and plowed under the natural habitat of the Red Eyed Tree Frog is destroyed.
Non Native Species Continue To Show Up In Florida
But you can now find the Red Eyed Tree Frog in isolated pockets in southern Florida. They have escaped into the wild or they have been turned loose and their is now a breeding population in much of southern Florida.
The Red Eyed Tree Frog Is Also Known As The Monkey Frog
Did you know that in Central America that the frog is often referred to as a Monkey Frog. This is mostly because of its jumping ability.
Be Careful To Feed Your Frog Only Small Crickets
You should note that this particular frog has a long sticky tongue that it can use to grab onto its potential prey. Some people who have fed this frog large crickets have seen their frog get into trouble because the frog will try to eat crickets and grasshoppers that are too large for it and they get hung in its mouth. If this happens you have to be very careful because this frog is very delicate. So the best thing to do is to pick out only the smallest crickets to feed to your Red Eyed Tree Frog.
The Red Eyed Tree Frog is an amphibian and a carnivore. Red Eyed Leaf Frogs are also known as Red Eyed Leaf Frogs because they like to hide on the underside of leaves in the daytime hours.
Red Eyed Tree Frogs Are Not Venomous
Many people especially in their native habitat think that this particular frog is venomous because of its bright colors but this is not so. The Red Eyed Tree Frog is not venomous.
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