Red Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)
Red Eyed Tree Frogs are native to the tropical rain forests of Central and South America where they live most of their life in the treetop canopy.
It is common for a healthy, well-cared for Red Eyed tree frog to live up to 10 years in captivity.
Adult males can reach 2 " to 1/2" in size while females grow about 1/2" larger when full grown. This size difference is one easy way of determining the gender of an adult red eyed tree frog.
With a brilliant lime green body, bright red eyes, and bluish-yellow sides and hind leg markings, red eyed tree frogs are no doubt one of the most impressive, beautiful, and sought-after amphibious species.
PROPER HABITAT SETUP
Tank Size And Decor
Due to their tropical rainforest treetop natural habitat, red eyed tree frogs do well in an arboreal tank with more height than width. A 20 gallon terrarium is the recommended size and can house a maximum of 4 adult frogs. The frog's tank should have plenty of broad-leaf plants and other vegetation to climb on and hide in to simulate their natural tropical rainforest environment. Most keepers use live plants over fake ones in their terrariums, which help promote higher humidity.
Temperatures, Lighting, and Humidity
Ideal temperatures for Pac Man frogs range from 78-84ºF (25-30ºC) on one side of the tank during the day and can drop as low as 68ºF (20ºC) at night. A heat pad or lamp should be used to warm one side of the tank. It is recommended to use a thermostat with heat pads to help monitor and control their heat output as well as a thermometer to monitor the temperature. Red eyed tree frogs do not require special lighting like UVB or full spectrum light as long as proper temperatures are maintained, but it has been shown to benefit them slightly and it also helps promote vegetation growth in planted terrariums. Humidity in the enclosure should remain around 90% and be achieved by using a water dish for the frog to soak in as well as a twice-a-day misting with a spray bottle or misting system.
Good choices of substrate for red eyed tree frogs include loose substrate like peat moss, ground coconut husk (sometimes called "coir"), orchid bark, sphagnum moss, organic potting soil, or a mixture of the lot. It is very important to keep a 2 1/2" to 3" drainage layer of pea gravel or clay pebbles separated by window screen or mesh below the substrate to help it dry out slightly to avoid your substrate becoming waterlogged and moldy.
Cohabitation is the practice of housing more than 1 animal together in the same tank. Pac Man frogs thrive in small colonies of 3 to 4 frogs. Male frogs can become somewhat aggressive during mating season and might need to be separated from other males temporarily to prevent over-stressing one of the frogs to death.
DIET & FEEDING
Red eyed tree frogs are insectivores. In captivity, their diet consists primarily of live crickets and some frogs will occasionally worms. In the wild, they also eat moths and flies. Live prey should be appropriately sized for the frog depending on its age and size.
Make sure to "gutload" your frog's food by feeding it carrots, spinach, or special gutload mix found at pet stores before feeding to your pet. When feeding, also make sure to dust your feeders with calcium + vitamin D3 powder. This is essential for their health and prevents malnutrition and bone disease. It can be helpful to use feeding tongs when offering live prey to your frog, as they reduce the chance of your frog accidentally biting you and also promotes better hygiene.
FIND A RED EYED TREE FROG FOR SALE
If you are looking to purchase a red eyed tree frog, check out our online frog breeder directory to find a healthy frog from a reputable local breeder near you!
BEHAVIOR AND HANDLING
Red eyed tree frogs seek shelter during the day on vegetation and rely on their natural famouflage to avoid predators. They become more active at night, as they are nocturnal hunters. During the mating season at night, and usually when running water is present nearby, adult male red eyed tree frogs can be heard croaking in an attempt to attract a mate.
Like most pet amphibians, it highly recommended to keep red eyed tree frog handling to a minimum because of the fragile nature of the mucus membranes on their skin. If handled too much, the frog can absorb oils and toxins through their skin or become dehydrated, which can cause the frog to die. This species is not considered a "hands-on" pet and should be enjoyed from afar.