Anyone have red eyed tree frogs as pets?

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  1. chrono1081 macrumors 604

    chrono1081

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    Hi guys,

    For YEARS I've wanted red eyed tree frogs as pets but no local place has supplies for frogs so I took to looking online.

    I was wondering if anyone here has them as pets, and if so could recommend a place to buy a terrarium for them. I'd like to get 3 - 5 frogs (farm raised only, I don't buy from non-farm raised sources) so it would need to be big enough to house them.
     
  2. RawBert macrumors 68000

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    When I was in high school in the early to mid nineties I had a yellow eyed Indonesian Tree Frog. I got it in Chinatown (LA) for twenty bucks. Cool pet. Make sure to set up it's terrarium with a large water area. I fed mine crickets.
    I hope you find a good one.
     
  3. chrono1081 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Well, I took the plunge and got this:

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    I would like to get a waterfall to put in it but I read bad reviews from the Exo-terra waterfalls so I think i'll shop around to get one of those.
     
  4. RawBert macrumors 68000

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    Damn, that's sweet. How much for the terrarium? Did it come with the light and the relief?
     
  5. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    From Wiki. Cute little fellers.

    Sounds like they need a heat-source, when the light is off.

     
  6. Rampant.A.I. macrumors 6502a

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    That's awesome. I haven't for a few years, but I've kept treefrogs as pets for a long time.

    My favorites are the White's Treefrogs sold as "Dumpy Frogs" at your local chain Pet store.

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    There are a bunch of different varieties, and a specially bred "blue" variety:

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    ^ This guy was my favorite.

    Unfortunately, when I moved, the gravel filteration system I had set up (half water, half land tank) was disturbed, and my frogs got sick and eventually died. I'm still looking for a breeder out here that carries White's Treefrogs.

    As far as your tank:

    You need an under-tank heater, a flat black plastic mat available at any pet supply. You should also find a temperature gauge with a wired probe that will reach the bottom of the tank.

    They'll need a water source at all times, and since frogs absorb moisture directly through their skin, I recommend a bowl deep enough for them to submerge in. Just make sure they can easily climb out.

    Because their skin is so absorbant, you have to be careful about what you have on your hands when you handle them, even lotion.

    Also, I recommend getting a separate "travel" tank to feed your frogs in. They instinctually close their eyes and lunge when eating, so if you have any substrate in the tank large enough to be swallowed, there's a good chance they accidentally will.

    BTW, farm-raised is the way to go. The frogs are healthier, and you can get hand-raised ones that are docile
     
  7. chrono1081 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thanks for all the great info!

    I made sure the place I ordered the frogs from were farm raised. I'd never buy anything taken from the wild. The tank I picked has everything but the heating pad (which I'll pick up today at Petco).
     
  8. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    Those frogs have skinny little legs, they can't be any good for eating. :D
     
  9. chrono1081 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yep! Everything but the heating pad included for $191 on Amazon, or $200 from Petco. I ordered from Petco that way if something happens with shipping I can just return it to the store.

    Here is the links:

    Petco

    Amazon


    :eek::eek::eek: (At $25 - $60 each + roughly $40 overnight shipping they'd be an expensive snack ;) )
     
  10. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    Do they sell poison dart frogs?

    I would like a blue one and a yellow one.


     
  11. chrono1081 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yes they do, and since they're bred in captivity they're safe to touch, no poison since they can't eat the bugs that eat the poison plants.

    The blue ones are $70, the red ones are the same, I don't think this place has golden dart frogs but here is the link:

    http://www.floridaherps.com/products/Red-Eye-Tree-Frog.html
     
  12. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    That's really cool.

     

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