This article outlines the most simple and cost effective way to set up an enclosure for any typical tree frog. This type of terrarium will ensure it stays healthy and allows for maximal viewing pleasure as well.
Setting up a terrarium for your new pet starts with selecting the proper enclosure. The size of the tank should be relative to the number of animals you are going to have in it. Typically, five gallons per frog is appropriate. A minimum of ten gallons should be used, though, even if you only plan on having one frog. The best tank to purchase is a tall one, but if you only have one frog, a tall ten gallon tank is hard to find as well as expensive. Also, tall tanks are quite expensive. The tank should be glass to allow the frog to climb up and hang from the sides. A typical ten gallon tank works just fine for one to two frogs. For more, a tall twenty gallon would work great. The reason a tall tank is preferred is because the frogs love climbing and perching above the base of the tank. Once the tank is selected, a screen cover must be picked that properly fits the tank. Screen clips can be purchased that will ensure your frogs are unable to escape, but the lighting will also hold the cover down just fine. Just about any light will work just fine, but it must not be too large as to overheat the tank. An old fish tank aquarium light can be set on top of the screen. This light will also be useful in keeping the plants in your terrarium alive.
First, the tank should be cleaned and dried. Once dry, just about any sticks can be added as long as they are large enough for the frog to feel stable on. Then the bottom of the tank should be covered in soil that can be taken from outside, or top soil. Dirt dug up from your yard will work just fine and is cost effective as long as it is not treated with chemicals. It is important to add the sticks before the dirt to ensure they are secure. Sticks should be set up to attain maximum height in the tank and some overlap to allow them to move simply from branch to branch.
Once the dirt is smoothed out to your preference, a wide, shallow water dish can be buried in the dirt up to its lip to allow easy access for the frog. The dish must be deep enough for the frogs to immerse themselves up to their chests. Since frog do not drink the water, but instead absorb it through their skin, it is important they can cover themselves in it.
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