White's Tree Frog Habitat

Your new white’s tree frog will require a minimum of a 10-gallon tank (for one frog). I would recommend an even bigger tank than that. My frog LOVES to climb and within months was racing to the top of his aquarium to get a better look around at his surroundings (which consist of a computer, a dying house plant, and his beloved crickets) every time I opened his aquarium for feeding. Your best option is to purchase an aquarium that is taller than it is wide, giving your frog an opportunity to climb high and exercise.

My white’s lives in an extra large Exo Terra Terrarium (shown at right). The size offers plenty of room for jumping, climbing, and chasing crickets all over his cage. I would recommend this terrarium to any white’s tree frog owner. They also make an XX-Large model that would be good if you have a few dumpy tree frogs in there.

When selecting a terrarium, go with a model that has a secure screen to cover for the top of your aquarium. Tree Frogs climb very well and will climb up and out of its home if given the chance.


Spread substrate made from coconuts around the base of the aquarium. Coconut is a material that can be safely ingested by your frog when he dives in and gets a mouthful while chasing a cricket. With substrate, there are a couple of good options – T-Rex Cypress Bed and T-Rex Jungle Bed. Your frog will probably get a little bit messier with the Jungle Bed substrate, but both are very good for tree frogs. Mist the terrarium daily (or even a couple times a day) to keep the substrate slightly damp and tropical.

Do not use pebbles or rocks as a substrate for white’s tree frogs. They are not careful eaters and small pebbles could be easily ingested. Stick with the recommended choices.

Stuff to Climb On

You should also add some stuff for your frog to climb on. Fake trees and vines allow your tree frog to leap and climb. Depending on the size of your terrarium, you should add a fake tree or rock formation that allows it to sit and relax up high. The one pictured at right is a great choice and fits both the X-Large and XX-Large Exo Terra terrariums mentioned earlier. I also added a habba hut to allow mine to sit low while looking around the room.

You can use small, real plants in the terrarium, but they must be free of chemicals and pesticides. You should be able to find plants designed for terrarium use at your local pet store.


Get a water dish for your frog to relax in at night. Tree frogs love to take baths, so you will need to change its water daily. Use bottled water (though not distilled). If you prefer to use tap water, pick up an additive at your local pet store to spare your frog from the toxins we ingest from the city water supply.


Tree frogs are nocturnal, so you will want to add a lamp. You have two options there: a clamp lamp (which is cheaper, uses one bulb) or a hood lamp (a bit nicer, uses 2 bulbs). If you do opt for an overhead lamp, be sure you buy the right size for your terrarium. The ones made by Exo Terra do fit the Exo Terra terrariums nicely. Turn the lamp on during the day and off at night. An automatic timer is a helpful addition.

Thermometer and Hygrometer

Add a thermometer and hygrometer to monitor temperature and humidity. You will want to keep the aquarium at 70 to 85 degrees F. Keep your frog out of direct sunlight. Humidity should be kept at 50% or more. Buy a spray bottle and mist the aquarium periodically to keep the humidity up.

If your home gets a bit chilly (especially during the winter), you might want to look at a tank heating mat that can go under your terrarium and help keep that habitat temperature in the right range.

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