Cailin | June 02, 2019 | News
When arriving at sessions sometimes people are concerned that the travel cases our animals arrive in are their permanent homes, we are always happy to reassure people that this is certainly far from the truth! Our animals must travel in suitable travel cases for their size; this keeps them safe should an accident occur.
However after informing people about this they are always keen to learn what our animals enclosures are like, which is why I’m starting the new series “Our enclosures” Each week I am going to show you the set-up for one of our animals here at Wild Science, this will give you guys a better idea of our animals homes. This will also be helpful to anyone who is interested in keeping exotic animals.
Australian Whites Tree frog
The Whites Tree frog is an amphibian, their light green colour and porcelain like appearance makes them a favourite amongst many. So whether you’ve met one at a session, seen them on our social media pages or have always wanted one and wonder what setup they thrive most in, here is your step by step guide!
Step 1 – lighting and heating
All amphibians are cold-blooded animals; this means they get their heat from their surroundings. Because of this you must provide a heat source for your frog. The best way to do this is to place a heat mat on the outside of your tank. If all of the tank is too hot your frog wont be able to cool itself down so I use a small square heat mat (this allows your frog to thermo regulate) with just one area heated your frog can move to and from the area as and when they need to.
Lighting is extremely important for amphibians, to prevent your frog from getting metabolic bone disease (A very serious, irreversible condition that usually results in death) their diet must include calcium supplements. However your frog will be unable to absorb this calcium unless provided with a light source that emits UVB (this gives your amphibian vitamin D3) allowing them to absorb the calcium.
Step 2 – First layer of substrate
All frogs have different habits, however some do prefer to dig and bury themselves beneath their substrate. Due to this, you should begin with a deep layer of soil covering the entire bottom of your tank.
Step 3 – Water
Whites tree frogs spend their time in the wild high up in the canopy of the rainforest; therefore they do not require a large part of their tank to include water. Instead just a small section is preferable, any type of bowl is effective I prefer to use plastic Tupperware as it is the perfect size and is easy to clean. I push this into the soil in one corner of the tank. Make sure you treat all water given to your frogs with water conditioner. By adding this it purifies the water otherwise your frog’s skin will become irritated. You can purchase water conditioner from most pet stores.
Step 4 – Second layer of substrate
You should cover the soil with a generous amount of your chosen substrate. I use forest moss; it is excellent for tree frogs as it holds moisture keeping the tank humid for them. It also looks very natural inside the tank.
Step 5 – Logs and pebbles
Logs are essential for your tree frogs tank as it creates a natural environment for them, you can purchase logs from most pet stores and you should have quite a few of these placed around your tank. I also like to add pebbles in the water bowl so that my frog can sit on these in the water if they prefer to.
Step 6 – Artificial plants
A wide selection of artificial plants are required for your frog, try to buy different textures as this creates a more natural habitat. Ensure you have at least one plant resting where your heat mat is. Artificial plants are better for frogs as they are safe and a lot sturdier for them to climb on.
That’s it! You’re all set; ensure you always keep a good level of humidity by misting the tank twice a day with conditioned water.
Still not confident enough for your own Whites tree frog? No problem. Why don’t you book a session and meet our animals in person instead? For more information please contact us via [email protected] or by phone 020 3372 4300!