Cuban Tree Frogs
Cuban Tree Frogs are a popular type of pet frog. They are a pretty good choice for beginners, as long as you don't plan on keeping other frogs in the same cage. Cuban Tree Frogs do have a tendency to eat other frogs. The skin on the back of the Cuban Tree Frog is quite bumpy, similar to a toad. The skin is also attached to the frog's skull.
In the Wild
The Cuban Tree Frog is native to Cuba and the Carribean. It is now commonly found in Florida and is the largest tree frog in North America. They can grow up to 5 inches long. Because of its impressive appetite and hardy nature, the Cuban Tree Frog is considered an invasive species.
In Florida, the Cuban Tree Frog has overtaken many native tree frog species. Experts have recommended that homeowners humanely euthanize Cuban Tree Frogs found in and around their homes.
Pet Cuban Tree Frogs
Cuban Tree Frogs can live up to 10 years in captivity. As mentioned earlier, they don't always play well with others. Keeping a smaller (even slightly smaller) frog in the same tank is not recommended.
Your frog's terrarium should be taller than it is wide, as tree frogs love to climb. For 1 or 2 frogs, the Exo Terra Terrarium (shown at right) is a good choice. Be sure to get a screened lid, as your tree frog will gladly climb up and hop right out of his cage.
You will need to cover the bottom of the aquarium with a suitable substrate such as coconut fiber or cypress mulch (available in pet stores). You can also use damp foam rubber or paper towels. Leave some dried moss in a couple of corners to help trap water and keep humidity up. Provide your frogs with places to climb by adding fake plants and vines.
Keep a dish of water in the cage for your Cuban Tree Frog to soak in. It is recommended that you change the water daily. It is recommended that you use bottled spring water, but you can also use tap water treated with conditioner.
The ideal daytime temperature for these frogs is 80 to 88 fahrenheit. The temperature can safely drop to 65 at night. A small reptile heat lamp is recommended to provide consistent lighting and temperature during daytime hours. These are tropical frogs, so relatively high humidity (70%+) is recommended. Many owners keep a spritzer nearby to mist the terrarium daily.
Crickets are a good choice for Cuban Tree Frogs. In the wild, they will eat anything they can fit in their mouths - insects, lizards, small birds, small mice, and frogs (even Cuban Tree Frogs). Gross, huh?
Adult Cuban Tree Frogs should be fed a few crickets three times a week, while juvenile tree frogs should be fed daily. It is also recommended that you dust the crickets with a mineral supplement every 2 or 3 feedings.
Cuban Tree Frog Sounds
The Cuban Tree Frog can be quite loud and sounds similar to a small dog barking. It is made mostly at night when the frogs are most active. Here is a sample of a Cuban Tree Frog call: