The Right Setup for Giraffe Clown Tree Frog
If Giraffe Clown Tree Frogs are maintained properly, they are truly hearty in captivity. Giraffe Clown Tree frogs live at least four to five years in captivity, and they will fill the area around them with their loud vocalizations at night.
Clown treefrogs do well in a taller vivarium. Try to provide — at a minimum — 30 inches of height from the substrate. These frogs thrive in a vivarium with controlled ventilation so as to allow the slow turnover of air with the maintenance of an internal microclimate having a higher humidity. For example, Exo Terra terrariums have a screen built into the enclosure’s top and ventilation ports on the face of the units below the front opening doors.
Giraffe Clown Tree Frog Reproduction
Providing proper egg deposition sites is a must in any RC design. Giraffe Clown Tree Frog deposit eggs on the leaves of floating aquatic plants. For my frogs, Adjust the water height in my RC, raising it to 6 or 8 inches. Add water lettuce (Pistia sp.). These plants float on the surface and have leaves that can hold the weight of the frogs and their eggs.
Hyacinth also works. Note that the long root systems of these floating plants can clog up an internal pump, and a modification of your RC design is necessary to keep roots from tangling up the impeller of the pump. This can easily be accomplished with an intake screen.
Rain on your frogs when storm systems passed through. This way, you have the advantage of decreased barometric pressure, which appears to be a cue for many frogs to initiate breeding.
Using a Rain Chamber
Clown treefrogs have been captively reproduced on a sporadic basis for years. Breeding this species usually requires a rain chamber (RC), which I will detail briefly. The RC creates conditions in an enclosure that simulate a rain storm. The RC also provides appropriate egg deposition sites.
Several factors need to be considered in setting up a RC. First, “rain” can be generated through two possible avenues. You can use a misting system that draws from a reservoir of clean water. It includes an overflow in your RC for excess water to drain and leave the system.
The second avenue includes a recirculating system. A pump draws water from a pool in the bottom of the enclosure and pushes that water through plumbing and back out of a spray bar or sprinkler head at the top of the enclosure.