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The best way to clean your frogs cage is to give it a spot clean every couple of days, a more thorough clean every week or two, and then a full clean out every few months.

Before you start, make sure you have a safe and secure place to keep your frog. Somewhere warm and moist enough. You may want to buy a small "critter carrier" (a small plastic container) specifically for housing your frog while you're cleaning his cage.

Don't use any chemicals to clean the cage or the items in it. Especially items like wood that absorb water and the cleaner. If you do have to use a little soap on anything really dirty, soak and wash it a few times before placing it back into the enclosure.

Finally, try to cause as little stress to your frog as possible while cleaning his home.
 

Handling

As with most small animals, handling a Tree Frog can be a major cause of stress.

Always wash your hands, in water only, before handling your frog. Any substances on your hands can be absorbed into the frog's body through it's skin. So for that reason, the use of soap is not advised before handling.
Also, as a precaution, never touch or rub your eyes after handling your frog. Always wash your hands first, as the skin secretions of the frog can really irritate your eyes badly.

Do not try to start handling your frog as soon as you get it, give it time to adjust to it's new surroundings.
Start by placing your hand inside the cage and letting the frog know that you will not harm it.
After success try placing your hand in a position for your frog to walk onto it.
Slowly, over a number of attempts raise your hand outside the cage and hold your hand steady.
If your frog does hop away don't just try and grab it. Coax it gently into your hand and place it back into the tank.

Finally remember that some species are able to be handled more than other. Something like a White's tree frog is great for younger children and beginners because it is generally less stressed by handling. even so, keep handling to a minimum!
 

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