Reptiles - Green Tree Frog


WE DO NOT SELL FROGS. We get lots of calls for them, so we have the info to care for them but dont sell them instore.


QLD Licensing - To the best of my knowledge, these are the important regulations (as at March 2005):


All frog indigenous to Australia are protected wildlife and cannot be taken from the wild in any form (adult, juvenile, larva or egg) without a permit.

The exception to the above is that a person may take and keep up to eight adult frogs of up to four species but no more than two frogs of any one species "for personal enjoyment". The "taking" (catching) must be done on the person’s own property and the frogs be kept on that property. The frogs can’t be displayed and should there be progeny, the metamorphs must be released at the point of capture within 7 days of metamorphosis.
Frogs from outside Queensland must not be moved into the state without a permit.




The common green treefrog is a large, robust frog with moderately sized legs. Males grow up to 90 mm, and females to 113 mm. It is usually bright green with golden eyes, sometimes with white spots on sides and back. Like all tree frogs, they have large flat discs on fingers and toes to help with climbing.

Habitat and distribution
The common green treefrog occurs in all habitats from desert to coastal swamps, including dry vine thickets, but not dense tropical rainforest. In the dry season they shelter under bark, in tree hollows, in and under logs, and under rocks. This species is sometimes found in toilets, bathrooms, drain pipes and suburban gardens. It is commonly attracted to lights. The species occurs throughout mainland Australia and New Guinea.

Life history and behaviour
For common green treefrogs, daytime is for hiding out in tree hollows, crevices and plants. These frogs come out at night to feed on insects, but they will eat almost anything, including bats and small snakes.

Breeding takes place in permanent pools, summer filled water holes and swamps. It may occur from September to March, depending on heavy rain, generally peaking between December and February during the wet season. At night time during the breeding season, males call to attract females, using an inflatable bag under the jaw to project the call. Listen for a low, monotonous 'crawk-crawk-crawk', especially when it's raining or about to rain.

These brightly colour tree frogs make attractive, interesting pets with simple care requirements. They thrive in a group of the same species where they are allowed to follow their natural patterns of activity. Tree frogs are nocturnal, becoming active and vocal at dusk.
General Mist your frogs once a day, preferably in the morning, with tap water that has been treated with a dechlorinator. Handle your frogs as little as possible and always remember to wash your hands before and after touching them.
Housing Your tree frogs will need at least a 10 gallon glass aquarium, with a secure screened lid. They love to climb, so choose a tank that is tall rather than low and wide. Artificial turf or indoor/outdoor carpet is best for covering the floor and you can add some items like cork bark, driftwood or branches for the frogs to climb on. If you collect any items from outdoors, be sure to soak them in a bleach/water solution to kill any bugs, then soak in clean water, followed by rinsing and drying thoroughly before use. A shallow bowl with 1-2 inches of dechlorinated water is vital for your frogs to soak in, and they will also appreciate some leafy plants, either real or artificial. Since tree frogs need a temperature between 68-77 deg. F, often they need no heating in the tank, but a low wattage heat lamp or undertank heating pad can be used if needed. Place your tank out of direct sunlight to avoid overheating.
Diet Tree frogs are insectivorous and will eat small insects such as crickets, moths and flies. It's best to feed the crickets with calcium-rich gut loading pellets before giving them to your frogs, and you can further ensure good nutrition by sprinkling calcium and multivitamin supplements on the crickets 2-3 times a week.
Cleaning Wash out the water bowl daily. Both the tank and the floor coverings should be washed weekly in hot water and thoroughly dried. It is convenient to have two pieces of floor covering and rotate them.
Health Providing they are purchased in good condition, tree frogs are hardy pets which have relatively few problems. To prevent health problems make sure your frogs water is always clean and dechlorinated. Signs of illness include: lethargy; areas of inflammation or parasites on skin; cloudy or dull eyes; weight loss; excessive yawning; bloated abdomen.
Warnings Never use soap, detergents or chemicals to clean your tank or equipment.
Fertility In a mixed group of males and females, the males will call loudly during breeding season. In the right environment, females will lay eggs which hatch to become tadpoles.