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Old 06-24-2012, 02:46 PM
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My little brother has brought it to my attention that he would like a tree frog tadpole for his birthday. I was thinking about trying to find a White's tree frog tadpole for him, but seeing as he's only had any experience working with my Budgett's frog and my azureus, I figured he may like something more EXOTIC than a White's or gray tree frog or whatever. So what kinds of tree frogs are EXOTIC, inexpensive, and easy to care for throughout all the stages of their life?
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Well, there's always red-eyed tree frogs...inexpensive and probably easy to find tads for. They're also a pretty cool looking frog.
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The thing to take into account, in my opinion, particularly for younger keepers, is the level of activity an animal shows. An animal that is out and active when the lights are on will maintain a younger person's interest more than an animal that doesn't move during the day.
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Default Re: Tree frogs for kids?

In that case, wwhat would you recommend? Once again, I'm looking for something more exotic than, say, a fire-bellied toad or a White's tree frog.
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What about the "bird poop" tree frog. Dendrosophus marmoratus. It's like a tropical south American version of a gray treefrog. They are nocturnal, but when you open the tank during the day to feed them crickets, they wake up and are aggressive feeders and not shy. I think mike novy has bred them in the past. Inquire with him about tadpoles.
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I have kept herps for 45 years and I say get the Australian Whites tree frog!
Litoria Caerulea and make sure it is captive born. There are some that are very Blue. This is an easy to care for frog and a Great display critter.
Do not get a White Lipped tree frog or an Indonesian Whites.
Whites are a very fun frog and with washing hands (rinse well) before and
after these frogs can be held!
There are many care sheets on the internet.
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Would Phyllomedusa sauvagii make a good choice?
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Yes, they cost more and need arid conditions.
White's are bred in captivity more often.
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Default Re: Tree frogs for kids?

I second the White's tree frog suggestion. They are easy to care for, beautiful, and tolerate handling well. Mine is very active if the viv is opened and she knows she is going to be fed.

Fire bellied "toads" make AWESOME display animals, especially for young herpers. They are very active diurnally, and breed very easily, in case you wanted to teach him more about the life cycle of amphibians. Although they are not really handling friendly, they are cheap and with a nicely decorated paludarium can be nice for a display.

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While not true tree frogs, reed frogs are pretty cool animals. They're easy to breed and I've gotten tads shipped and they were very hardy, just be sure to keep some of the original water in with them and not to switch it all out immediatly. There's a lot of wc frogs listed on places like kingsnake but blackjungle has some cb H. madagascariensis. The females are white or pale blue with spots and males are a bronzy gold with lots of spots. Sometimes you can find cb Hyperolius argus for sale but that might take some more time. Those guys are cool too and are pretty transparent, you can see most of their GI track through the ventral side. There's sexual dimorphism with this species as well, so you could have a group of two very different looking frogs in the same tank which is sometimes nice. Both of these species can eat small crickets and fruit flies, and like it fairly humid, I have a pool in with all my reeds and they use it often. They behave a lot like treefrogs but are a bit jumpier.
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Hey Boosh: For your little brother? Let's get serious, gang; most young people are going to want some degree of entertainment. A Red Eye? Is his kid brother going to get up at midnight to observe it?!? Now, while the kid should be taught that no frog is a hamster or parakeet, there are frogs that tolerate some handling, enjoy hand feeding, sometimes even sit on on your hand of their own accord. As for exotic, I am not sure that would (or should) mean much to a young kid.

In no order, I would look into:

White's TF;
Amazonian Milk Frog;
Barking tree frog;
Grey tree frog;
Kassina maculata (actually become somehat inquisitive, and males have a cute call);
Leptopelis sp.;
Golden tree frog (Polypedates leucomystax);
Polypedates dennysii (gets real big, goes by many names, and in my experience, even mellower than White's)

All the above can make rewarding pets if interacted with on their terms.
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