In Memory of Chester White's Tree Frog
Lived 23 years
The Australian Green Tree Frog is also known as White's Tree
Frog, or the Dumpy Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea). This tropical frog
comes from Australia, but has gone wild in Florida. Dumpy Frogs like
temperatures and humidity of about 80 degrees, and should not be
allowed to fall below 60 degrees. When they are healthy they should
look pump, but not too excessively over weight. If they begin to
look thin, this could be a sign of illness should as a bacteria
infection, or a shortage of food. If allowed to lose too much weight
dumpy frogs will stop eating and die. It may be possible to force
feed them, but some experts feel this is too stressful. If your frog
has become ill take him to a herpetologist. They can give him an
injection of antibiotics to cure him from bacteria infection. The
life span of a White's Tree Frog in captivity is unknown, but they
do live longer then dogs and cats. Most of them die young from
inadequate care. It is important not to handle your frog more then
necessary as they may become stressed. Wear disposable gloves
without powder to avoid transferring an pathogens from your hand to
your frog. Clean the aquarium frequently to help avoid bacteria
infection, and only use bottled water. Do not use distilled water.
Use a brand of water that is genuine such as Arrowhead, and do not
use brands like Aquafina which are only treated tap water. Tap water is fatal to your frog as it contains many harmful chemicals. Now that my frog is a senior citizen, I found that he loves me more and he needs me more. Old age can be a very rewarding time. I hold his crickets by the butt between my two finger and place them near his mouth.
He has learned to take them from my hand. Sometimes he bites my hand, but it does not hurt at all. He has no teeth and no poison glands. I discovered that he sometimes can not climb out of his water bowl. If he is stuck in his water bowl,
I gently lift him out. He likes to sit in my hand, but I still don't handle him excessively because that would be too stressful for him. I am not sure of my Frog's lifespan, but it may be 25 years. Updated: I am now buying crickets online at
Fluckers and I keep them in an old plastic garbage can, that serves as a cricket farm. I have so many crickets at such a low price I don't have to hold them anymore. I buy smaller crickets in bulk and he does eat them by himself and has gained weight.
Updated on Feb. 10, 2015 Chester died. A few days earlier his color turned black, and did not change from this black color that I had never seen, back to any other of his normal colors. He stopped eating and grew weaker. I took him to Dr. Kenneth Harkewicz at Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital.