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Factoids

Origin

Central and South America

Maximum Size

3 to 5 inches depending on species

Longevity

8 to 10 years

Housing

20 to 30 gallons

Security

Lives in trees.  Wil hide if possible.

Temperature

Room temp or warmer works.  Likes a basking lamp.
Sexing Males call at night.  Males are smaller.
Breeding Involves a rain chamber

Attitude

Lives in the upper stories.  Prefers the night shift

Foods

Insectivore

Water

Needs a water dish to keep skin moist.  Keep the water clean.
Lighting Full spectrum best
Threats Dirty water and poor food

LA

Prologue:  We've had these guys before.  We never did an info page on them because they're way more 'spensive than your average frog.  But on the other hand, they're not your average frog.  Good looking and not really all that hard to keep -- harder than a toad, but what isn't?

LA
Great big night time eyes.

Handling?:  Limit your handling of all frogs.  If you're a touchy-feely person, you should probably get a dog or a cat.  Some frog keepers wear latex gloves when handling and feeding these cute little dudes.  Some sources insist that oils and toxins on human hands will kill your frogs.  These humans should learn to wash their hands more often.  And it's always a good idea to wash your hands after handling any amphibian, reptile, or toxin-covered human.  I wash my hands more often than a team of heart surgeons.  Anyway, we're not recommending carrying these guys around or kissing them on a regular basis.

LA

Peculiar Skin:  Most frogs plonk their butts in shallow water and wait for something small and edible to wander or fly past.  Waxy monkey tree (thus the name) frogs scuttle up a tree and hunker down during the day.  They climb down at night to actively search for small edible prey.  That's in the wild.  In captivity, that also eat during the day (if they're hungry).  Back to their skin, they exude a waxy (thus their name) substance that they rub all over their body.  This keeps their skin from drying out.

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Waxy monkey tree frog "walking."

Monkey?:  Supposedly the waxy monkey tree frog walks rather than hops like any other unpithed frog would do.  (Actually, they hop very well when they want to).  But they supposedly walk like a monkey.  They climb more like a monkey than walk like a monkey (like every other tree frog).  I haven't had a large enough population to deliver a final decision on this yet.  They will not wear one of those silly looking hats.

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Another waxy monkey tree frog "walking."

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Perfectly content to loaf rather than walk.

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He looks a little uncomfortable in the water.

Not a Shore Lurker:  When first dropped into the water, he looks a bit shocked or even stressed.  Your waxy monkey tree frog will not stay in the water.  Most frogs dive into the depths to escape from kids and other roving bands of marauders.  For instance, you can hear the bullfrogs kind of squawk as they leap from their shore leave locations.

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Belly (ventral) view of waxy monkey tree frog climbing up the glass.

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Life at the top.  Better keep yours covered.

Keep 'em Covered:  Your waxy monkey tree frog will shinny to the top and out into the free world almost as fast as you can watch.  Use a secure mesh lid.  He wants lots of air circulation.  He's not a high humidity lover like most frogs.   

LA
Waxy monkey tree frog checking out a new cave.

Not Normally a Ground Dweller:  We put this ceramic cave in his "cage" to keep his crickets from drowning.  He thought it was for him.  He went inside.  So did his crickets.  They did not come out. 

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The cave helps him feel secure and makes the crickets easier to snare.  Big night time eyes.

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Typical daytime pose.

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He sleeps with his eyes covered during the daytime.

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A night time shot captures him with eyes wide open.

Mostly Nocturnal:  Your waxy monkey tree frog prefers to rack out during the day.  He slavers on his own special sunscreen and anti-dehydrating lotion, then he loafs all day in an out of the way corner.

LA

Special Lighting?:  Most references recommend four hours of full-spectrum (containing UVA and UVB) and feeding crickets dusted with calcium and vitamin D.  Growing critters pretty much all need vitamin D to build their bones.  That's why the all-knowing "they" requires 400 IU of vitamin D in every quart of milk you buy.  Some people even drink it.  A 20-minute walk in the sunshine will give you the same results.  Vitamin D from the sun or milk performs lots of extra goodies -- and they're all free from the sun.  Your froggie on the other hand apparently needs his special bulbs.  Although, why a nocturnal frog needs UVB is not obvious.  In any event, the special lighting costs way less than one of these frogs.  End of editorial. 

LA
Just a very good looking frog.

Last Words:  Waxy monkey tree frogs are not for everybody -- especially those with limited funds.  But if you're a true red-blooded ranaphile (might be a neologism, but we need it), you'll want to look into these little croakers.  LA


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