Tree Frog Species Care Sheets
White's Tree Frog
The White's (or Dumpy) Tree frog is native to Australia and southern New Guinea and can be found both in the northern and eastern parts of Australia. Mainly from the coast to the drier interior of north western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, SA, and NSW. They can now be found in all kinds of habitats, frequently near homes, around water tanks and cisterns.
The general appearance of a White's tree frog is unforgettable. They tend to be fat, with permanent placid smiles that make them look vaguely like Buddhas; at rest, they sit in an immobile greenish lump, legs folded beneath them, while in times of activity they leap about and climb dexterously with startlingly long and slender limbs. They tend to be very still during the day, even when disturbed and can easily be mistaken for porcelain frogs and not the real thing!
There are two main subgroups: (both may have scattered white or gold spots on the side and occasionally on the back from the angle of the mouth to the base of the forearms.
The White's is a large tree frog in general, ranging in length from 3 to 4.5 inches (7 to 11.5 cm). Females are usually slightly bigger than the males. An average female frog is about four inches in length, whereas a male would be in the 3 inch range.
White's easily live 10-15 years in captivity, under moderately maintained conditions. They are known to often reach around 20 years with good care and diet. Their lifespan in the wild is much shorter due to predation.
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.
Try not to over-feed your White's. It is recommended that adult White's
be fed once about every two to three days. Over-feeding can cause the
White's to become obese. And in some extreme cases, they can become so
obese that their supratympanic ridges become so large that they cover
the frogs eyes, rendering them blind. (The supratympanic ridges
are the area above the eardrum and eye of the frog.)
- For Juveniles (1/2 to 1 1/2 inch):
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