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 White-Lipped Tree Frog Factoids

Origin Humid areas of Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea
Maximum Size Females 5 inches, males smaller
Longevity 10 years or more
Attitude Active during the day.  More active in the evenings.
Foods Small insects and other swallowable creatures
Temperature Room temp works fine
Humidity 60-80%
Spawning Trigger A week in refrigerator plus simulated rain
Spawn Size Over 1,000 eggs
Tadpole Food Tadpoles eat flake foods
Toadlets Toadlets have a white stripe
Toadlet food Very small live insects
Supplements? Herptiles that grow large need calcium and vitamin D

Aside:  White-lipped tree frogs are also known as Indonesian giant tree frogs.  They are the largest tree frogs in the world.  They are very similar to their cousins, the White's tree frog, although they have less of a tendency to become "dumpy."  They are also a bit more "jumpy."

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White-lipped tree frogs closely resemble their dumpy cousins.

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Just arrived -- still in his shipping container,

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From which he immediately to the nearest corner.

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And then began cambering up the wall.

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Until he calmed down enough to sit on my hand.

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Where he was put in his new home along with another white lip looking even more like a dumpy.

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Especiallyfrom this angle.

White-Lipped Tree Frogs Origins:  Originally from Australia, these guys (and gals) are not difficult to breed.  They are most likely captive-bred these days.  In their country of origin they're more common in swampy areas but show up every place -- not deserts, of course.  But just like our Iowa grey tree frog, they plaster their bodies and suction-cup toes on any number of buildings, even houses.  Their ability to climb like a squirrel keeps the local kids from collecting them out of existence.

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White-lipped tree frog surveying his domain (a 10-gallon tank).

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A brace of them.  They get along fine.  Just make sure they're about the same size.

Adult White-Lipped Tree Frog Foods:  Most frogs (including white-lipped tree frogs) will gulp any small critter that moves.  Crickets make a good choice.  They're usually available year round.  Feed your crickets a nutritious diet.  And feed a variety of small bugs -- moths, millers, butterflies, lacewings, mayflies, houseflies, katydids, grasshoppers, waxworms, dubia roaches, and earthworms  If you wave a butterfly net as you walk thru your yard or field, you can harvest what they call "field plankton."  Not so much during the fall and winter months.  Check around your porch light on warm summer evenings.  It might be fun to try a June bug.

White-Lipped Tree Frog Supplements:  Herptiles that grow large need calcium and vitamin D in their diet.  Some herp keepers dust their crickets with a calcium/vitamin d powder.  Gut loading their crickets with nutritious foods works better.  Many herps object to the taste of dusted crickets.  Do your frogs need vitamin D to absorb calcium into their bones?  Yes.  Provide a full-spectrum bulb or make sure their diet includes calcium -- fairly easy to do if you enjoy hand feeding..  

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White-lipped frogs love crickets.  They eat greedily.

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Three white-Lipped tree frogs inhabit this10-gallon frogitat.  They're "upstairs."

White-Lipped Tree Frog Substrates:  What you put on the bottom of your aquarium/terrarium frogitat machts nichts.  White-Lipped tree frogs prefer to inhabit the upper floors (thus the tree frog name).  They come downstairs to dine in style but usually prefer to spend their idle time upstairs.

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White-lipped tree frog at the top and looking for the exit sign.

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All frogs need a clean filtered water source.

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Water Source:  In the wild white-lipped tree frogs live near natural water sources -- streams, lakes, ponds, swamps -- tough to duplicate in captivity but not impossible.  They need a clean water source to provide the humidity they need.  A low-slung sponge filter works fine. 

Potential Problem:  If your filter runs too fast, the popping bubbles burst and splash on your front glass.  The continued splashing and drying water tends to etch your front glass over time.  You can prevent the splashing by slowing the bubbles or putting a cap over your filters exit spout.. 

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They don't need lots of "land."
              

White-Lipped Tree Frog Decor:  Your frog(s) like lots of jungle.  However, the more cover you provide, the less you will see of your frog(s) -- especially leaves and other foliage at the top.  Your frogs will do their best to blend into the woodwork.  They will also wedge their butts into small caves and tubes.

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Except when feeding, most tree frogs clamber to the top and stay there.

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Half the time this guy is on his way out.

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Once out of their quarters, they scurry upwards (usually) but sometimes they climb down.

Provide a Good Frogitat Cover:  You will need a secure lid to keep these green escape artists from climbing to your ceiling.  They lurk at the top waiting for you to open their lid.  White-lipped tree frogs try much harder than dumpies to escape.  When working on their living quarters, you'll find it more practical to house them in a secure temporary home.  If you have an open area with limited nooks and crannies, you can snag them fairly easily.  Wet your hands first, of course.

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Climbing up.

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Clambering down.

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Skittering laterally.
     

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Usually bright green, white-lipped tree frogs turn more brownish when pestered.

White-Lipped Tree Frog Color:  Very much like their dumpy cousins, white-lipped tree frogs vary in color from time to time.  They're greener when loafing or eating, more brownish when grabbed or moved or on the run.

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Green at repose.

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Same guy ticked off at me.

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White-lipped tree frogs do get used to handling.  They don't really like it but they get used to it.

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White-Lipped frogs will consume nearly as many crickets as you give them.

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Lots of luck sexing them.  Male on the left?

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Leg color here indicates a male (theoretical only).

Sexing White-Lipped Tree Frogs:  Females grow larger than males.  Male legs are usually white or gold.  When they come into season (breeding condition), male legs turn a pink or salmon color.

Breeding White-Lipped Tree Frogs:  I have not bred these guys and gals myself, but they reportedly breed fairly easily -- thousands of eggs.  Raising the tadpoles would probably be the hard part of the equation.  LA  

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