Agalychinis callidryas

Red-eyed Tree Frog




Size: male- 2.2 inches
females- 2.5 inches

Range: from Southern Mexico south to eastern Panama

Captive Care: housed in nothing smaller than a tall 20 gallon terrarium
frogs need space, especially vertical space
optimal temps range between 60F - 85F
constant exposure to the extremes of this range may cause health problems, can keep room temperature within this range-only if room temperature doesn’t fluctuate greatly, can use low wattage incandescent light bulbs or under the tank heat elements work very well, do not allow for any temperature extremes- cause health problems.
maintain vivarium’s humidity level between 30 and 50% during the dry cycle (when breeding is not being induced) constant humidity levels higher than 80% ca cause health problems in the frogs, always make clean water available to this species use filtered water not tap water (potentially toxic to frogs) water must be decholorinated and dechloramined vivarium is best landscaped with broad leafed plants can mount slabs of cork bark on side of vivarium, the more you understand about the habitat from which the red eyed tree frog originates, the better you can you meet its needs in captivity, should be given a light cycle of 12 hours on and 12 hours off

Foods: the staple diet are crickets
feed insects a high nutrient load
best to feed them 2-3x a day, supplying them with only enough food for a couple of days at each feeding

Breeding: best to avoid any breeding or tadpole rearing activity during cold winter months
red eyes are a bit more listless and fed less during the cooler winter months
warm temps, spring rains and changes in barometric pressure induce breeding activity but without simulated rain the frogs will not breed.

References: de Vosjoli, Philippe; Mailloux, and Ready. 1996. Care and Breeding of Popular Tree Frogs. Advanced Vivarium Systems, Inc. Santee, CA. (49-64 pp).

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