Tiger Leg Monkey Tree Frog - Phyllomedusa hypocondrialis (Captive Bred)-


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  • Great Beginner Frog
  • Green with Bright Orange Sides
  • Bold
  • Moderately loud call
  • Nocturnal
  • Can be Housed in Groups 


Name: The genus Phyllomedusa is commonly known as the Waxy Monkey Tree Frogs, notable for their wax secreting glands on their back elbows and rump. This wax is secreted then rubbed all over the body, sealing in moisture and allowing these tree frogs to take advantage of drier conditions than other amphibians. Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis is commonly known in the US hobby as the Tiger Leg Monkey Frog, because it has notable orange and black banding on it's sides. Due to this coloration, the frog is sometimes called the "Barred Tree Frog". The monkier 'monkey frog' comes from this frog's tendency to walk instead of jump, which closely resembles a monkey.


Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for 3-4 Tiger Leg Monkey Frogs, but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 Exo Terra Glass Terrarium, as it will allow for easier cleaning. Tiger Leg Waxy Monkey Frogs can be kept just like Red Eye Tree Frogs. Please watch our video on How to Set Up a Terrarium for Red Eye Tree Frogs.


Temperature: Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 85 F, but prefer temperatures in the mid 70s. Temperatures over 90F are dangerous. A low wattage basking spot, with a temperature of 80F, will be utilized in the lower end of the temperature range but is not absolutely needed.


Humidity: Like most frogs, Tiger leg waxy monkey frogs prefer a humidity range of 60 – 70%, but can tolerate humidity down to 50% for short periods of time if the frogs have access to water. Low humidity levels, especially without access to water, can quickly be fatal.  Like most tree frogs, ventilation and air movement is very important - the top should be at least half screen.


Size: Adult female Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis frogs are larger, measuring in at approximately 2.5 inches. Male Tiger leg Tree Frogs are a bit smaller, averaging about 1.75-2 inches at maturity. All of the Tiger Leg Monkey Frogs Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 3/4”-1" long.


Housing: Tiger Leg Monkey Frogs are easy to house - aim to provide about 5 gallons of space per frog. A standard 20H aquarium with screen top, or 18x18x18 Exo Terra Glass Terrarium, is sufficient for 4 or more Tiger Legs. Substrate recommendations vary, but we have had luck with sphagnum moss (pressed down so that it's very flat), damp paper towel, or damp coconut fiber. Provide a large water bowl and plenty of places to climb. These frogs will typically perch on vines/branches or broad leaves during the day, and spend the night roaming the tank. Provide a low level UVB light, such as the Exo Terra UVB100, for 12 hours during the day.


Age: Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis is capable of living over 10 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 4-5 years is more common. All tree frogs for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles.


Feeding: At Josh's Frogs, we feed our Tiger Monkey frogs dusted crickets. At 3/4", juvenile Phyllomedusa hypocondrialis frogs can easily take 1/4" crickets. As adults, Tiger leg monkey frogs will eat 3/4"-adult crickets. Make sure to dust all prey items with a quality vitamin/mineral supplement.


Sexing: Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis is not sexable until 6-8 months of age. Male frogs tend to be smaller than females, which often appear both longer and wider. Josh's Frogs sells 2-3 month old juveniles that are not sexable unless otherwise noted.


Color/Pattern: Tiger Leg Monkey Frogs are a pleasant green coloration with a cream colored underside. The most notable coloration present on these animals is a characteristic orange and black banding on their sides, running from their front legs to their back legs. The green coloration can appear brown, and sometimes even bluish, in the right conditions.


Social Behavior: Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis do well housed in groups their entire life, as long as enough space is provided. Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair. Please refer to the chart below to see your chances of getting at least one male and one female out of a group. We recommend purchasing at least 4-5 tree frogs at a time.


Breeding: Tiger Leg Monkey Frogs are fairly easy to breed, and are similar to Red Eye Tree Frogs in breeding setup! When housed in a proper environment, mainly a rain chamber, a properly cycled pair will lay eggs on an exposed leaf, then wrap the leaf around them to conceal the eggs. 30-100 eggs can be laid at a time, which hatch into tadpoles that wiggle free from the egg mass and fall into water below. Watch this video of a Rain Chamber for more information.


Natural Range: Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis are native to the Amazon Rain Forest, with most animals in the hobby coming from Suriname. The Tiger Legs sold by Josh's Frogs descend from animals field collected in Suriname - you are purchasing captive bred animals. The Tiger Leg Monkey Frog can be found in tropical lowland forests and swamps, very humid and warm habitats. These frogs require pristine forest habitats, making them very vulnerable to deforestation.


History in the Hobby: Tiger Leg Monkey Frogs are generally available as seasonally wild caught animals from Suriname. Captive bred animals are available much less frequently.


Links of Interest:

Wikipedia - article on the current habitat of Tiger Leg Monkey Frogs in the wild

Reptiles Magazine - A great article by Devin Edmonds on the captive husbandry of Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis



Still not sure if Tiger Leg Waxy Monkey Frogs from Josh's Frogs are the right pet frog for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!

Shipping for any number of frogs is just $39.99. Frogs are shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight and are delivered by 12:00 pm to most locations, Tuesday through Friday. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependant on your availability and weather.


Please respond to our Frog Shipping Email, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive. We'll email back to confirm after checking your local weather conditions.


We can ship directly to your address, as long as your local overnight low temperature is above 39F the night of shipping, and your high temperature is below 91F at noon on the day of arrival. If your overnight lows are below 40F but above 29F, Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your high temperature is over 90F at the guarantee 'delivered by' time (typically 12pm), Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your overnight low is below 30F, Josh's Frogs retains the right to hold frog shipping until temperatures increase due to safety concerns. We will hold the frogs at our facility for any length of time necessary to ensure that the frogs you order are received in the best of health. This policy is designed with the best interests and health of our animals at heart!


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FedEx's website will display the nearest locations where you may pick up your frogs. We'll look up the locations for you when you call to schedule frog shipping. You do not need to check your temperature before ordering frogs - Josh's Frogs will take care of this when contacted about scheduling shipment. Frog orders require contact from our customer prior to being shipped out, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive, and to check your local weather conditions.


Shipping for any number of frogs is a flat rate $39.99. This includes postage, a box with 1" styrofoam insulation, gel packs, heat/ice packs and/or phase 22 panels if necessary. Josh's Frogs has been shipping frogs since 2004 and has shipped thousands of animals safely. We have a special contract with UPS to ship live animals directly to residential addresses and guarantee live arrival as long as our Live Arrival Conditions are met.

Josh's Frogs guarantees the Health & Live Arrival of all frogs.

< p>All frog shipments are sent via FedEx Priority Overnight. Josh's Frogs guarantees that all frogs will arrive alive and in good health, provided that temperatures on day of arrival do not exceed 85 degrees before the frogs are delivered to home or business address, or nearest FedEx location. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 40 degrees for delivery to home or business address. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 30 degrees for pickup at the nearest FedEx location. Someone is there to accept the package on first delivery attempt, or package is picked up by noon the day of arrival if package is held at a FedEx location for pickup. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

< p>If frogs arrive deceased or in poor condition, Josh's Frogs requires that the customer notifies us of the condition of the animal(s) within 1 hour of arrival via email at, or at (800) 691-8178. Picture(s) of the animal(s) must be sent by 4pm EST day of arrival to Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

< p>Josh's Frogs offers a 3 day health guarantee on all animals purchased from Josh's Frogs. If animal(s) purchased arrive in good shape but fail to thrive within 3 days, Josh's Frogs requires that pictures of the animal(s) and their habitat is emailed to within 3 days of the animal's arrival. When emailing the pictures, please include relavent habitat information, such as average humidity and temperature. A Josh's Frogs representative will then contact the customer and discuss poison dart frog care. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.