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Cuban Tree Frog

osteopilus spetentrionalis

 

 

 

Temperature

80-68F daytime, 72-78F nighttime.  Never below 70F.

Humidity

Around 60% humidity.  Do not let skin dry out.

Cage Setup

Preferably arboreal with plenty of climbing room.  These are large tree frogs and need a lot of room.

Characteristics

These are usually a quite shy species.  Many can be wild caught and so may never become truly 'tame'.

Geographic Location:

It was introduced to and is now well established in South Florida.

Appearance:

These are the largest tree frogs in North America! - they vary a lot in color.  These include gray, brown or yellow-green, some with speckled areas.  They can change color to match their environment, as well as varying the patterning on their skin.  Like all tree frogs they have the usual "sticky pads" on their toes.
Males generally have a maximum size of 1-3.5 inches (5.1-6.3 cm), and females are around 5 inches (12.7 cm).

Lifespan:

Can be 5 years or longer.

Housing:

These are a larger species of frog and so require a large cage both in ground area and in height for climbing.  The seem to thrive in captivity when given a moderate amount of care and are excellent as a beginner species as they are much hardier than many species.  Provide plenty of branches and bushy plants.

Feeding:

Try not to over-feed your Cuban Tree Frog. Adult Cuban Tree Frogs may be fed once about every two to three days. Over-feeding can cause them  to become obese and in some extreme cases, they can become so overweight that their supratympanic ridges cover the frogs eyes.  (The supratympanic ridges are the area above the eardrum and eye of the frog.)
 

- For Juveniles:
Feed 2-3 week old crickets daily (crickets should be no longer than the width of the froglet's head). A coating of calcium/vitamin supplement is strongly recommended. Young White's need these additives to grow up healthy. Many Cubans available in pet stores are beyond the "juvenile" age, so this feeding may not apply to most "new" Cuban owners.
- Young Adults:

Offer 3-4 week old crickets about every two or three days (coating less frequently- maybe once or twice a week).
- Adults:
Feed large crickets two to three times weekly. You should reduce calcium/vitamin intake
to once a week. An excess of calcium and vitamins may cause a non-reversible kidney
disease.

Notes:

These are usually quite shy frogs.  Many can be wild caught and so may never become 'tame'.

These frogs are noisy. They bark often usually at odd hours of the morning (3am). They sound like little dogs.
Cuban Tree Frogs are a very hearty inexpensive species.

 

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