One of Australia’s largest frogs and one of the most impressive. It has a large gland that covers the top of its head, which makes it look like its brain is bulging. Its head and body are green and bear small, scattered sulphur-coloured patched. The backs of the thighs are yellow or orange and the fingers and toes have large discs. The toes are webbed. This frog is not often encountered, because of its unpopulated habitat, mainly NW of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Body small to large and slender to robust. Pupils horizontal. Vomerine teeth present or absent. Eardrums at least partly visible. Limbs short to long and fingers and toes with terminal discs, fingers webbed or unwebbed, toes webbed.
Occur in a variety of habitats such as woodlands and forest in the Kimberley.
Terrarium: There are several terrariums of different sizes available, the required size will vary based on number of frogs you wish to house together. An enclosure that is 45x45x60 (WxDxH) will be suitable to house four frogs, having a bit of height to the enclosure will ensure that the water temperature does not get to high.
Lighting & Heating: Magnificent Green Tree Frogs are a subtropical species; warm humid conditions are favourable. They require high spectrum UVB lighting as well as a basking heat source. There are a number of ways to provide UVB, fluorescent 10.0 spectrum tubes or bulbs will provide UVB, a heat globe will have to be used in conjunction. A mercury vapour globe will provide intense UVA & UVB light, mercury vapour globes are in our opinion superior to fluorescents as it is a longer lasting globe with more intense UVB output, however they cannot be used with a thermostat so work better with a larger enclosure that will easier maintain a thermal gradient. A nice warm basking spot around 35°c should be provided, and temperatures of 20-25°C in the cool end. To monitor the temperatures inside the enclosure a thermometer should always be used.
Furnishings: an elevated basking area can be provided using logs, vines or ornaments. Artificial foliage throughout the enclosure will allow plenty of hiding spots and coverage. A water conditioner must be used to remove any chlorines from the water.
Dry set up: artificial turf or a ‘Moss Mat’ can be used as substrate, a water bowl large enough for the frogs to fully submerge must be provided
Semi-aquatic set up: an aquarium gravel or larger stones can be used as a substrate, a submersible pump to keep the water moving and plenty of rocks or ornaments throughout the bottom of the enclosure so the frogs and easily get out of the water.
Food in captivity: Magnificent Green Tree Frogs will eat mostly crickets, wood roaches and silk worms in captivity as they are primarily insectivores, large adults can have the occasional pinky mouse as a treat. Food items will need to be dusted with calcium and vitamin supplements.
- Terrarium of appropriate size
- High spectrum UVB lighting
- Daytime Basking globe
- Foliage for shelter
- Calcium and vitamin supplements
- Water pump & hosing if semi-aquatic
- Water bowl if dry set up.