Breeding Tree Frogs
Breeding Tree Frogs
The first thing to understand is that mating is just as complex in the
tree frogs world as it is our own. You can not force the tree frogs to
breed. Perhaps the setting has to be just right but it is as mysterious
as you could imagine it to be.
Though females spawn in the summer, tree frogs can breed all year
You can however, create conditions in which it is more likely they will
breed. Make sure you are certain that you have a male and female frog
because it can be difficult to determine the difference.
Some females will have a triangle pattern between their rear legs.
Determine this at the time you are purchasing your tree frog. Learn as
much as you can about the proper environment in which they will be
Make yourself a pro on this.
If you are looking to breed your tree frog then their environment must
seem like spring to them. You control this environment and you should
make it appealing to the tree frog. You may have to actually put your
tree frogs in to hibernation and then awaken them slowly to a spring
environement slowly as this will mimic what actually does happen in
their environment and it will make it more appealing for them to breed.
You may even go as far as mimicking a dry season and then a wet season
to show that spring has arrived. This change in climate may
single them to breed. Find out about the tree frogs environment before
you got him and what to expect. They will need plants in which to
hibernate either under or on. You should have a god sized terrarium
(recommended size is 25 gallon!!) with a lot of plants and hollow
branches. There are two choices in tanks for the Tree Frog; the
arboreal tank, or the terrestrial tank.
The arboreal tank is the best choice because tree frogs spend most of
their time high in the branches in their tank. The arboreal tank is
normally two feet high; hexagon or pentagon shaped, and has a small
base area. The terrestrial tank, however, is much shorter, and has a
large base area.
Know the frog and what it is expecting per it’s specie’s.
Always have a water supply to the frog even when you are simulating a
dry spell to induce breeding. NEVER use cedar or pine shavings, gravel,
or sand in your tank. The frogs can accidentally swallow some of these
items and die.
Females will squawk in complaint while you are handling her or another
frog sits on her. Exercise great caution when handling this small
creatures. It is a miracle they even survived the long journey to where
When they are mating the male frog will climb on top of the female frog
and fertilize her eggs. While she is laying them.
The mother and the father will eat the eggs and most certainly the
young. Remove them from the aquarium immediately after the eggs have
been fertilized. be careful to move them into an environment just like
the one they left as too much change can cause your tree frog to go
The eggs will hatch as tadpoles in just 6 - 21 days depending on your
type of tree frog. It is interesting to note that evidence is shown
that playing a looped recording of a male tree frog croaking, the
female is more likely to be triggered to breed.
Again, these are highly sensitive animals and care should be given in
Hope your tree frog care goes well
Tree frog enthusiast