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My Wild Backyard and Vivariums


My Critters
Feeder Insects
Terrarium, Vivarium
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Building Large Terrariums
Making a Keep Box
Making Outdoor Critter Houses
Backyard Pond Attraction
Wild Birds
Garden Insects
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An enclosed or glass hooded tropical vivarium has a typical temp of around 80 with an 80-90 humidity. This is suitable for almost any rain forest to semi-tropical type frog such as tree frogs, cricket, singing, tinc's and poison dart. The type, size and number of frogs depends on what size tank to use as well as hides and many times, the plants.

The majority of tree frogs in particular, best suited for this type of set up, would enjoy a landscape that has different surface areas to land such as from ground to branches to tall plants and broad leaves like a hosta that can hold their weight.

Cork bark or bark back grounds would be ideal to provide as a hide with crevasses to slip into as well as forms of tall standing tubes and plenty of large leaf litter. Plants that provide a tubular shape in the fold of the leaves would be ideal as well, such as bromeliads.

With my hyla's I also provide Brazil nut pods or coconut shells turned over as a bowl for shallow water where they might lay eggs or catch a drink. Make sure they're shallow enough a frog can hold his head out of water, or they could drown in an accidental fall or from using it. I prefer something organic like these shells over artificial bowls because any surviving springtails, other tiny little leaf litter fellows, isopods, snails and cricket nymphs in there will take advantage of it as well for food and shelter, making it an easy spot for frogs to pick them off.