From Europe to America to Australia: Tree frogs are still popular in terrariums.
For many, they seem to be the “primeval frogs” of terrarium science, and some grandfathers will perhaps report how they held their first tree frog, more makeshift, in a glass. Those are times which today, like the “goldfish punch” (as the circular room aquarium was sometimes called), are fortunately long gone. For a long time now there have been terrariums that have been specially built in height and are therefore ideal for frog worms and in particular tree frogs.
Because the fascination of the tree frogs has lasted until today. No specialist shop for reptiles can do without tree frogs. And in the zoo department of the DIY store we will also find small plastic terrariums with various foreign species of tree frogs, right next to the aquariums, but sometimes also at the cash desk. In magazines or internet reptile exchanges, tree frogs are often sold to men or women. Sometimes also European tree frogs from offsprings: “Give away young animals from 2012. The animals are food-safe and already eat flies,” they say, for example. The advertiser also promises papers, shipping and a husbandry report.
Both are indeed important. Of course, no tree frog may be taken from its Central or Southern European habitat today. Keepers must therefore be able to prove the offspring. And be aware that hardly any frog lurch and certainly no tree frog is fed with dry food. At best, some specimens will take small meatballs from the tweezers. Otherwise, however, it needs, particularly with the agile tree frogs, the attraction of the movement. Anyone who has paid attention in school knows that the animals are more likely to chase a moving piece of paper than to take a dead fly. Living food of the appropriate size is therefore indispensable, so that we, together with the terrarium for the tree frogs, immediately build up a feed animal breeding. In addition, good Internet mail order houses like the reptile cosmos always have an extensive range of live food insects for all insectivorous reptiles and frog larches available. Food bottlenecks, as they were almost usual in winter in terraristics in former times, need no longer fear anyone today.
And of course those who are as big as an Australian giant tree frog also want to eat well. After all, the “coral fingers”, whose pink fingertips stand in such a striking contrast to the otherwise lush green, are up to 10 centimetres in size and therefore need a correspondingly rich food. The grasshopper or cricket from the food box can be a bit bigger. And: “Don’t be afraid of your barking reputation”, warns the “Kleine Terrarienkunde” by Johannes Jahn. Nature photographer and terrarium expert Wolfgang Bechtle, on the other hand, pleaded for the addition “smiling tree frog”, “because nobody who looks at this frog can resist the impression of a grinning green skirt all over his face. Bechtles “Bunte Welt im Terrarium” sees the big tree frog in a humid and warm tank, whose temperature is brought to a constant 25 degrees via terrarium lighting or heating cables.
In addition, the tank for coral fingers may also sometimes come along as an aquatic terrarium with a designated water part. At least, however, the water-loving tree frogs need a spacious bath bowl, such as the reptile cosmos in various decorative designs.
The native tree frog, on the other hand, likes it only moist, i.e. without an additional source of heat. European tree frogs grow to only about 3 to 5 centimetres, and many believe that the animals are best kept in net terrariums in the garden. Here too – and this applies to most frog larches – there is a warning against the loud croaking of the male animals. Be that as it may, the image of the tree frog in a glass with a little ladder, which is often used to symbolize weather reports, is simply cruelty to animals.
The native tree frogs, like the coral fingers, are mainly active at dusk and at night, so that the cute terrarium dwellers become lively just when we get home from work. If you want to spend more time with your fosterlings after switching off the actual lighting, you might want to think about so-called moonlight lamps. Such models, like the Exo Terra moonlight lamp Night Glo, not only simulate the Earth’s satellite with grandiose optical effects, but also enable long and trouble-free observation of nocturnal frog worms and reptiles.
The American or Karolina tree frog is then even a topic for a “heart for animals”: “A hibernation is absolutely necessary for the reproduction of the American tree frog. Whether this takes place in the refrigerator at 8° degrees or in the room terrarium at 18 degrees, results from the geographical origin of the animals , is called it here, whereby the tadpoles, as the magazine confirms, can be used also well to flake food for fish.
The Americans, like all tree frogs, then need sufficient climbing possibilities in the terrarium, which is above all high. In addition, the Karolina tree frog in particular is considered a good jumper, who also likes to swim and, in its natural habitat (southeast of the USA), sometimes lives along watercourses. A large water part on the one hand and stable plants, which can also carry the strong frogs, up to 6 centimeters in size, on the other hand, are therefore recommended.
The water in the bathing and swimming pool should be tempered around 25 degrees; here also the air temperatures oscillate, whereby also hotspots and heat islands with scarcely 30 degrees come into consideration. As far as the hibernation is concerned, then, as seen above, different models and temperatures are considered that are at 16 degrees or lower. Many owners place their aquaterrarium in a room that is heated only moderately in winter. Also we have to be aware of the risk that every hibernation brings with it. In any case, failures cannot always be avoided.