Polypedates leucomystax is known as the Golden Tree Frog because of the yellow gold color some individuals exhibit.
Golden Tree Frogs are easy to house. Choose a large enclosure – an 18x18x24 Exo Terra Glass Terrarium is a good size for 2-4 juveniles or adults.
Opinions on substrates vary – we’ve had luck with finely ground coconut fiber, damp paper towel, and sphagnum moss. If using sphagnum moss, make sure to press down the moss so it is flat – this will greatly reduce the risk of impaction. Paper towel will need to be changed 2-3 times a week.
Golden Tree Frogs need constant access to fresh, clean water – a large water bowl is a must! Use an easy to clean dish, such as an Exo Terra Water Dish, as the frog will be using the dish as a latrine and you will need to clean daily. Scrub the dish and disinfect with a 5% bleach solution or ReptiSan.
Golden Tree Frogs do best when kept in the mid-high 70s. We house our Golden Tree Frogs at 74-76F. Temperatures in the mid/high 80s F can quickly be fatal, especially when coupled with a lack of water or humidity. Measure temperature with a digital temperature gauge.
Golden Tree Frogs require moderately high humidity, and are best kept at 60-70% humidity. Providing ventilation is very important – we recommend using at least a half screen top. Stagnant, humid conditions quickly leads to bacterial skin infections in Golden Tree Frogs. A large dish of clean water should always be provided. Monitor humidity with a digital hygrometer.
With proper care, Golden Tree Frogs can live up to and over 5 years.
As adults, Golden Tree Frogs will easily eat 3/4″ or adult crickets. All crickets should be dusted with a quality vitamin/mineral supplement.
Golden Tree Frogs are fairly easy to sex as adults. Females are much larger than males, with a wider and more stout head. Females will be about 1″ longer than males and are easily 50% heavier.
Golden Tree Frogs are a medium to large sized tree frog with an angular head that comes to a distinct point at the nose. Colors and patterns vary but most individuals are tan to golden yellow. They are often a solid color but are sometimes patterned with dark spots or X shaped markings on their backs.
Golden Tree Frogs are easily kept in groups, especially when young. Make sure that all frogs are getting adequate food – sometimes froglets will out-compete each other. Males may bother females by constantly trying to mate. If this happens, separate the frogs or reduce the humidity. We recommend purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair.
Golden Tree Frogs travel down to the forest floor in search of pools of water to breed. Eggs are laid on vegetation hanging above the pools, encased in foam nests. As the tadpoles hatch, they fall quite a distance (sometimes several meters) before splashing into the water. Tadpoles quickly grow in the pools and can leave the water in 8-10 weeks.
Golden Tree Frogs tadpoles are huge, and so are young at morphing. Young Golden Tree Frogs live around the edges of the pools, before making their way back up into the canopy.