Red Eye Tree Frog (Captive Bred) – Agalychnis callidryas


Scientific Name: Agalychnis Callidryas

Common Name: Red Eye Tree Frog

Distribution: Nicaragua

Size: 2” – 3”

Trade Availability: Common


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Tree dweller often found 25’ or higher in the canopy.



A 20 gallon high is suitable for 3 – 4 adults.

The bottom of the terrarium should be covered with Peat Sphagnum 2-3” w/1” Pea gravel under for drainage

Live plants – Pothos, Philodendron.

Branches to climb on.

Shallow dish of water (distilled water is recommended)



Daytime: no more than 82 degrees F

Nighttime: 68 – 70 degrees F



Suggestion for the cover/lid is screen top covering 80% with Saran Wrap, glass or




2% UVB is required for froglets 2 months & older, no more than 3% UVB.

**UV rays help eliminate excess bacteria growth (not saying bacteria will not grow in the tank, but it will help lower it)

UVB is essential for frog’s growth.



As juveniles – ¼” crickets

As adults – ½” – 5/8” crickets

**adults may be offered small roaches (if you want), they should equal the same size as the cricket.

Dust all food with Rep-Cal Herptivite & Rep-Cal Calcium w/Vitamin 3

***3 parts Herptivite to 1 part Calcium***


  1. Patrick's Gravatar Patrick
    September 3, 2012    

    Can I house red eyes in the same vivarium as blue backs?

    Thanks for all that you do!

    • September 4, 2012    

      You would not want to, as they both have very different care needs. Also, adult red eye tree frogs could easily consume blue back reed frogs.

    September 5, 2012    

    Can Red Eye Tree Frog live with Green and Gray Tree frogs?

  3. randy smith's Gravatar randy smith
    September 6, 2012    

    how about housing red eyes and black eyed trees together.

    • September 9, 2012    

      Those two species work together quite well. Just remember that the black eyes grow quicker and larger than the red eyes, so you’ll have to be careful to insure that both frogs get enough food.

  4. Linsey's Gravatar Linsey
    September 17, 2012    

    How many crickets per day should I feed my red eyes?

  5. Sandy's Gravatar Sandy
    September 30, 2012    

    How much noise do red eye tree frogs make?

  6. caleb's Gravatar caleb
    October 9, 2012    

    red eyed tree frog

    How many crickets to they eat each week?
    Can they eat meal worms?
    what is their average life span?

    • October 17, 2012    

      They’ll generally eat 4-6 crickets a night, but this can vary depending on size. We do not recommend feeding them mealworms. If properly cared for, red eye tree frogs can live 5-8 years.

  7. katie's Gravatar katie
    October 16, 2012    

    what difference in care/ housing should there be for juvenile red eyes?

    • October 17, 2012    

      Juvies are a bit more picky about temperature and humidity, but other than that their care is nearly identical to that of adults.

  8. Tommy's Gravatar Tommy
    November 17, 2012    

    Could you guys please help me with a supplement schedule? I am currently using the 2 you guys recommend. Thank you!!

  9. cory workman's Gravatar cory workman
    January 22, 2013    

    how offten should i change all the substrate the red eyes terrarium and what cleaning solution should i you thanks cory

    • January 23, 2013    

      We recommend using a 5% bleach solution. I would recommend changing the substrate at least once every 1-2 weeks.

  10. cory workman's Gravatar cory workman
    January 22, 2013    

    how many red eyed tree frogs could i put in a 45 hexigon terrarium safely with out over crowding it ?

    • January 23, 2013    

      Depending on how the terrarium was set up, 4-6 adult red eyes could live comfortably in a 45 hex.

  11. November 7, 2012    

    We do not recommend it, as there is always the concern of diseases spreading between the two animals (especially since most green tree frogs are wild caught). Also, RETFs will get larger, and may eventually outcompete the green tree frogs for food.

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