American Green Tree Frogs are typically green in colour with a lateral cream stripe that runs down their body. These are ideal for beginners as long as plenty of plants are placed throughout the terrarium.
The American Green Tree Frog is a slender species that reaches an adult size of 3.5-6cm (1.5-2 inches). They have smooth skin and a long snout compared to most tree frogs. The general colouration is a grass green, however this can vary depending on temperature and lighting from a bright yellow/green to a dull olive green. A cream stripe runs on each side of the frog’s body from the nose to vent, this has a slightly darker colour around the stripe. The underside is a pale yellow or white, makes have a darkened throat that is also wrinkled.
American Green Tree Frogs are found from central to south east United States with a geographic range from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to southeast Florida, with populations as far west as central Texas and as far north as Maryland and Delaware.
They prefer areas with access to ponds, lakes, streams and marshes with plenty of floating vegetation and grasses.
Keep American Green Tree Frogs in a tall glass tank; a small group of six to eight would do best in a 45x45x60cm, babies in something smaller until they reach a larger size. Use a canopy top with a low compact UVB light and a daytime lamp. This species likes to bask therefore provide a daytime temperature of 24C (75F) and allowed to drop to around 18C (61F) at night.
Provide a 3 inch deep substrate; the ProRep Bio Life Forest is ideal to use especially if you want a natural bio active setup. Provide branches and plenty of plants, these can be live terrarium plants and/or artificial plants and bushes.
As this species prefer a large water area you can either place a large water bowl in the terrarium or if you are setting up a natural bio active system, have a running water feature. Misting daily will help keep humidity levels up as well.
Feed on a varied diet of crickets, small locust and wax worm moths. If you have a bio active setup, place roaches and woodlice in as clean-up crews and extra snacks. You want to dust the food with a calcium powder three times a week and with a vitamin supplement no more than twice a week.
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