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White's Tree Frog - The Best First Exotic Pet

Updated on September 11, 2019
White's Tree Frog sitting on a plant.
White's Tree Frog sitting on a plant. | Source

If you’re looking for your first exotic pet and you want something uncommon and easy to care for, then a White’s Tree Frog is the perfect option. White’s Tree Frogs are big, they’re funny, and they have moderately simple care requirements.

Litoria Caerulea

The scientific name for the White’s Tree Frog is Litoria caerulea. The frogs are native to Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. These frogs are nocturnal and in the wild can be found near streams, near swamps, and in trees. White’s Tree Frogs are considered to be one of the easiest frogs to keep as a pet and are very common in the pet trade.

White’s Tree Frogs are great pets, for beginners or advanced keepers, but they aren’t for everyone. It is recommended to thoroughly research before purchasing any new pet, and keep these main points in mind.

Size and Habitat

This species of frog is quite large with adults measuring anywhere from 3 to 5 inches in length. The females are longer by about 1 inch and more rotund than the males. The recommended housing for these frogs is a glass 18x18x24 enclosure. They are tree frogs, so they prefer more height than width. There are several different ways to set up the enclosure, but the focus should be on properly maintaining the temperature, humidity, and cleanliness.

Activity and Interaction

If you want to view and interact with your frog during the daytime, then a White’s Tree Frog may not be the right choice for you. Being nocturnal, the only thing you will see them do during the day is sleep. The frogs wake up at night and are very active until sunrise. It is necessary to stay up a little later if you want to see how goofy and comical the frogs are. Something else that happens at night is croaking. Only the male frogs croak, but they do so very loudly. Click here to listen to a White’s Tree Frog croak.

Purchase Location

White’s Tree Frogs are common in the pet trade and are readily available at all kinds of different locations. It is recommended to purchase captive-bred frogs, rather than wild-caught frogs. Use caution and do plenty of research before choosing where to purchase your frog. A fantastic, online pet store is Josh’s Frogs, a one-stop-shop for amphibians and supplies. Josh’s Frogs is highly rated and recommended by many different people.

Exotic Veterinarian

Is there an exotic veterinarian in your area? Having access to an exotic vet is crucial if your frog gets sick or hurt because they require special care that a standard vet may not be able to provide. Check out the ARAV website to find an exotic vet near you.


Before getting too excited, sit down and make sure you can afford to own a White’s Tree Frog. There is a lot to consider when it comes to the cost of buying and owning a pet frog. The price of a White’s Tree Frog can be anywhere from $20.00 up to $200.00. On top of that, you must consider the cost of the enclosure and supplies, possible vet care, and feeder insects. A White’s Tree Frog can live 20+ years in captivity, so make sure your budget can comply.

Getting an exotic pet can be a little overwhelming with all of the options out there. A White’s Tree Frog is an excellent choice for your first exotic pet. They make great long-time companions, they are funny, and their care is simple. There isn’t a better choice than the White’s Tree Frog for a beginner’s exotic pet.

White's Tree Frog on the side of a house or building.
White's Tree Frog on the side of a house or building. | Source

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.

© 2019 Sarah Lyell


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