Can Red-Eyed Frogs Be Housed Together?
Yes, they can!
The red-eyed tree frog is known far and wide for its distinctive, colorful appearance. This curious critter does well in captivity when it lives with more than one frog of its same species.
Keep reading for more information on how to create a happy habitat for multiple red-eyed frogs.
Social Behavior of Red-Eyed Frogs
In the wild, red-eyed frogs tend to keep to themselves unless it’s mating season. However, they frequently live in close proximity to other frogs. In this way, they’re communal creatures, often sharing in the available habitat and resources.
One vivarium can house frogs living alone, in pairs, or in a group (known as an army). Each frog needs its own space. If you provide a large enough habitat to accommodate all of your frogs, it’s unlikely they’ll experience stress from competition or exhibit any territorial behavior.
Red-eyed tree frogs are more likely to breed when there is a competition between males. To avoid the possibility of breeding, either house the frogs in pairs, or in an army with multiple females and only one male.
However, if you do want to try breeding your tree frogs, you need to house two males for every female. This will recreate the competition frogs experience in the wild and increase the chances of mating.
How Can Red-Eyed Frogs Be Housed Together?
If you plan on keeping more than one frog in the same vivarium, make sure you scale up every life necessity. This will prevent the frogs from feeling stress and competing for resources.
You must keep only frogs of the same species together in the same tank. Housing multiple species of amphibians can potentially cause serious problems.
Tank Materials and Dimensions
It’s best to use a vivarium with clear glass. Other tank materials might retain too much heat or be too difficult to clean.
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The tank needs to be tall. In the wild, red-eyed frogs live above the forest floor in trees and tall vegetation. Ensure the tank you use is at least 18 inches tall so the frogs can comfortably jump and climb.
Some say one frog can live in a 10-gallon tank, but it can be difficult to find a 10-gallon tank that also has a height of 18 inches. A 12- or 15-gallon tank will more frequently meet the minimum height requirement.
Multiple frogs housed in one tank need ample additional space. It’s best to make the tank taller before making it wider. Here are a few example measurements that follow the minimum dimension guidelines.
Table of Example Minimum Tank Dimensions for Housing Red-Eyed Tree Frogs
|Number of Frogs||Dimension in Inches||Volume Capacity|
|1 frog||12” L x 12” W x 18” H||12 gallons|
|2 frogs||20” L x 11” W x 19” H||15 gallons|
|3-4 frogs||24” L x 13” W x 21” H||20 gallons|
Notice how the height increases as more frogs are added to the tank.
Feeding Multiple Frogs
Each frog needs to eat five or six insects every two or three days. If you have four frogs, that means you need to place 20 to 24 insects in the tank every two or three days. It’s a good idea to watch them eat to ensure all of your pets are eating and getting the nutrients they need.
Frogs eat a variety of insects. Crickets are their staple food, which they can eat at any age and in any circumstance. Before feeding crickets to your frogs, feed the insects fruits, vegetables, or cricket food. This is a way of giving your frogs a full spectrum of healthy nutrients since they themselves don’t eat fruits and vegetables.
Occasionally supplement your frogs’ staple diet of crickets with other insects like worms, flies, spiders, grasshoppers, and moths. Feed these insects reptile supplements before placing them in the tank’s food dish for your frogs to eat. Place enough of them in the dish for all of your frogs.
Basic Habitat Requirements for Red-Eyed Frogs
Along with appropriate tank size and food portions, every red-eyed frog requires some basic environmental necessities:
- Heat source (mat or lamp)
- Water dish (shallow water that shouldn’t submerge a frog’s nostrils while the animal sits in it)
- 60- to 85-percent humidity (mist your frogs daily to peak the humidity levels)
- 68- to 85-degrees temperature, lower at night and higher during the day
- Sticks, branches, and logs
- Substantial amounts of plants and vines.
There should be enough sticks, branches, tall plants, and vines for each frog in the tank to climb in its own space, separate from the other frogs.
A Happy Army
Red-eyed frogs can live comfortably together. All you need to do is make sure you take care of each frog’s individual needs: appropriate spacing, food portions, and basic habitat elements. Follow these guidelines and your frogs will be a happy army!