Beautiful Red-eyed Tree Frogs

The Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) is one of the most spectacular amphibians we see for sale in our hobby. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of these amazing animals so I wanted to make sure you all get to see how special they are.

The inexperienced may overlook what they perceive as a ‘green blob stuck to a leaf’ but this frog literally comes to life with an explosion of colour. Once disturbed brilliant red eyes, bold blue flanks and Tango orange fingers all suddenly appear as the frog transforms itself into an animal ready for action. It’s thought that this dramatic change is an evolutionary tactic to confuse predators, this is known as  ‘startle colouration’.

dscf0031.jpgRed-eyed Tree Frogs are native to the central American rain forests. Although all of ours are captive bred it is important to recreate this warm, humid environment if we want to keep them as pets at home. The medium Exo-Terra Terrarium is perfect for a small group of adults (although I have just read the correct collective term for them is an army). Keep their terrarium at around 28°C (82°F) and the humidity levels over 80%. Heat mats on the outside of the glass and regular misting will usually achieve this.

For techno geeks like myself, there are gadgets to keep the humidity spot on throughout the day and night. I use a Super Rain mist system and control it using a Humidity Controller.

Feeding is quite easy, like all frogs they are carnivorous and will eat a wide variety of insects worms and grubs. In the wild they will even eat smaller frogs but in captivity crickets are a great diet.

What do you guys think? You now know my favourite amphibian, what is your favourite?

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7 Responses to Beautiful Red-eyed Tree Frogs

  1. Hazel September 29, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    Hi – I was told at a pet shop that I wouldn’t be able to use the Exo Terra Rainforest habitat kit because Red Eyed Tree Frogs need real plants – how are yours doing in your terrarium? Did you add any live plants? What do you use at the bottom of your terrarium? Did you use everything that came with the kit? I am so curious because yours are beautiful!! Thanks!

    • Gary September 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

      Hi Hazel, yeh are red eyes are doing fantastic. They are in a larger exo terra terrarium but the decor inside is the same as the habitat kit. They have no live plants and the substrate is humus. We find that if you supply them with the correct temperature, humidity and diet then they thrive. We have kept them for years like this and staff also keep them at home too. Please reply if you have any more questions

  2. lucy November 7, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    how much are they to buy ??

  3. rusty June 24, 2011 at 11:46 am #


    • Gary Rolfe June 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

      Not at the moment I’m afriad, waiting for some more captive bred

  4. Tobi Poole January 4, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    My husband and i recently bought two red eyed tree frogs from a reptile store near us. The frogs were only a month old when we got them and after three days at home, the male died. I replaced him with another of the same age but now im worried about the female…we have now had them for two weeks and i dont think shes eating.:(..she seems very very thin and i was wondering if there were any tricks i could do to get her to eat?…any advice would be so greatly appreciated as we love our little frogs and dont want to lose another one. we also have a green tree frog female who is now 1.5 years old and is thriving.

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