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HOUSING FOR AUSTRALIAN TREE
of frogs have different environmental requirements. Always thoroughly research
any frog you intend to own BEFORE you bring it home. Some general guidelines on
how to keep Australian tree frogs are outlined below.
- Enclosures are usually
constructed of glass or perspex.
- Ensure the lid is secure and
make sure there are no tiny gaps as frogs are very good at escaping.
- The size and shape of the
enclosure you require will depend on the species of frog.
- As good ventilation is
necessary, have part of the enclosure’s walls replaced with steel or
plastic mesh. Do not use galvanised wire or rusting mesh as these can be
- Enclosure items should be
non-toxic and too large to swallow.
commonly swallow rocks or leaves which can cause intestinal obstructions.)
- Gravel or stone substrates
should be smooth to prevent injury and too large to be swallowed.
- To prevent injuries,
enclosure furniture needs to be very stable and secured to the ground.
- Frogs are healthier and are
less likely to develop metabolic bone disease if they have access to
unfiltered UV light. Only use UV lights recommended for frogs.
- Frogs also need to have
access to shade as they have sensitive skin.
- Frogs are best maintained in
an enclosure that has range of temperatures from 22oC to 28oC.
- An aquarium heater in the
water will help maintain a good temperature range within the enclosure.
- In cold climates extra
insulation around the outside of the enclosure may be necessary.
for the enclosure
- Frogs will often sit in
water and “drink” water by absorbing it through their skin.
- Fresh water is necessary for
frogs so change water (even if filtered) frequently.
- Treat all new water added to
the enclosure with a water ager to remove any chlorine.
- Use a bubbler or air pump in
the water as frogs need their environment to be very humid.
- Larger enclosures may need
fogging devices, a sprinkler or a waterfall to keep the air humid.
- Live, non-toxic plants
growing in the enclosure also help to keep the enclosure humid.
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