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Cuban Tree Frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis)
Cuban Tree Frogs are medium-sized frogs that range in color from solid white to dark green or brown. Males grow to about 4½ inches long, while females can grow from 6-8 inches. They have large toe pads and love to climb. They can live up to 13 years in captivity.
Habitat and Tank Requirements:
This species is native to the Cuba and the Southern US. They like to climb and hide, so they do well with plenty of live plants, wood and rocks. Use soil, a soil/sand mix, or finely ground coconut husk for a substrate and some use a large aquarium gravel. Keep the substrate moist at all times.
Approximately 1/3 of their tank should be water. You can either use an under-gravel filtration system or clean the water every 2-3 days. You can use a small bowl just deep enough for the frogs to submerge themselves. If you decide to go with a filter, use common sense: a pump that is too small will leave the water dirty, while a too-powerful pump with filter out the microorganisms needed to maintain a healthy pH.
Be sure there are no openings in the tank through which the frog can escape. A hole large enough for a frog to stick its head out of is large enough for it to escape.
Cuban Tree Frogs are small enough that you can keep 2 or 3 in a 15-20 gallon tank, however, as with all frogs; do not keep different species of frogs in the same tank. There is a risk of disease and parasites being spread between species, even if the carrier frog does not show any symptoms.
The comfortable temperature range for these frogs is 78-88º F during the day and a drop to around 65-68º F at night. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures.
Cuban Tree Frogs are insectivorous and will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening. These frogs have been known to eat others of the same species, so if you’re keeping more than one in the same tank, be sure they’re about the same size.
Allow your frog time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.