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jabushey
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# Posted: 25 Oct 2012 04:10


I have a couple of grey tree frogs that came in with some plants into my orchid greenhouse in Minnesota. It should be a nice home for them, with 70% humidity, some bromeliads for water, and 58 to 68F all winter with natural light.

My question is what do I need to do to make sure they have enough to eat?

There are some small insects now and I don't use any extreme pesticides, just some insecticidal soap on specific plants now and then. But there are not likely to be enough bugs around all winter for them. Should I set out some old tomatoes for fruit flies or something? I don't want crickets running around since the greenhouse is attached to our home. That could end badly.

How about a dish of meal worms, Would they find them?

Suggestions and comments please!

FwoGiZ
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# Posted: 25 Oct 2012 04:54


well at 58F-68F, the frogs will most likely slow down their metabolism and won't need food much if at all...
just the insects they'd find might be enough but yes, a dish with worms would probably work!
Put it somewhere they'll see it from high and I bet you'll find well filled, sleeping frog in the dish in the morning ;)


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jabushey
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# Posted: 25 Oct 2012 05:04


Thanks, I'll try it. On sunny winter days, they may get nicely warmed up so I think they may need to eat a bit.


I love the nice surprise when I find one of these guys amongst the plants! There is half a dozen that spend all summer around the rim of our hot tub. I just want to make sure my greenhouse visitors have a happy and safe winter with me.

Phineas
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# Posted: 25 Oct 2012 14:37


Worms do work. Here in Maine, with probably a similar climate, a number of leopard and green frogs move into a local nursey with a greenhouse about this time of year. They live around, and in, a large tub that houses aquatic plants. Once a week I feed them large mealworms using tongs and that seems to keep them happy and full all winter. The proprietor of the nursury, who enjoys hosting the frogs as do her customers, proclaims "Here comes your meals on wheels, froggies" whenever I arrive.


Pacific Chorus frogs,
A lizard or two,
Rana Sylvatica (hundreds),
... and a pair of raccoon.
jabushey
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# Posted: 25 Oct 2012 21:28


I put some waxworms in a small dish on the orchid bench. I figured if I end up with a few moths my friends would have fun hunting them down. Hope it works!

FwoGiZ
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# Posted: 25 Oct 2012 23:14


I would be a bit worried if it goes from 60 to 40 for a long time, then 60 again and so on...
cause at 60 they'll eat
at 40 they'll sleep, but the problem is if they sleep for too long with food in their belly, it might rot and kill the frog
but I guess you can't do much about that
I wish I could have frogs like that coming over for the winter :P


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jabushey
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# Posted: 26 Oct 2012 02:38


If it gets own to 40F out there I'll have more to worry about than frogs!

This is an intermediate temp orchid house, and I have warm water heat under the benches to keep the day temp above 68 and the night time above 58 throughout the heating season. There are misting nozzles under the benches that come on for a few minutes several times during the day and spray on lava rocks under the benches to keep the humidity up and a fan to keep a little air circulation going. There are lots of hiding places among the plants, I can't really find a frog during the day.

If I can keep them fed it seems like a good habitat don't you think?

FwoGiZ
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# Posted: 29 Oct 2012 05:13


That actually looks like heaven for frogs haha :P
I'd definitely keep them fed, always at the same spot so they know where the food is, and always hang out around!
Now take some pictures and show us


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jabushey
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# Posted: 6 Nov 2012 01:23


Well it took a while before one showed itself!

Here he is on an Epidendrum. I can't tell if he is eating from my feed tray since there are some Anoles running around in the greenhouse with him. Looks healthy though!

jabushey
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# Posted: 6 Nov 2012 01:27


And here is his home:



Cosmo enjoys watching the lizards



FwoGiZ
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# Posted: 6 Nov 2012 01:49


wow that is an awesome greenhouse;)
Where are you from?


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jabushey
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# Posted: 6 Nov 2012 01:56


thanks! The greenhouse is fun, but even better with the frogs and lizards.

Minnesota, near Minneapolis.

Phineas
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# Posted: 6 Nov 2012 13:44


Anoles in Minnesota ?

More proof of global warming


Pacific Chorus frogs,
A lizard or two,
Rana Sylvatica (hundreds),
... and a pair of raccoon.
jabushey
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# Posted: 6 Nov 2012 14:24


Check it out! This morning a second Grey joined the first who had not moved. from the Epi.



Lia
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# Posted: 3 Dec 2012 19:04


Wow fantastic greenhouse and how nice the frogs and anole living in it

jabushey
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# Posted: 3 Dec 2012 19:22


Thanks! They are all doing fine. I don't see the frogs for a week or so sometimes, then they surprise me.

I set out to shallow plastic trays, one high in the house and one on the bench, stocked with meal and wax worms. I give one to them when I see them too.

jabushey
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# Posted: 23 Jan 2013 03:16




A new addition joins the frogs! Christmas gift from my sons.

Luis
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# Posted: 23 Jan 2013 06:44 · Edited by: Luis


Great looking Jackson , funny to see the background with snow.

I love Jacksons but it just gets to hot here for them most of the year unless kept inside (Key west).
They will eat anoles.

FwoGiZ
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# Posted: 23 Jan 2013 06:45


Do you think it will do fine in there? I think chams are more fragile and more picky aren't they?
anyhow, this greenhouse kickass haha


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jabushey
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# Posted: 23 Jan 2013 17:37


Yes, they are more picky than the native frogs, but Jacksons are mountain Chameleons and like the cooler temps and high humidity in this house. He seems very happy now. I think the challenge will be in the summer when it is warmer in there. right now I only have ventilators and outside air.

I also picked a Jacksons Cham because they are smaller and less likely to eat my adult Anoles, and are unlikely to eat my orchids.

Luis: There is nothing better than sitting in this greenhouse on a sunny, cold day with snow on the ground!

Luis
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# Posted: 29 Jan 2013 17:49


I love the north in summer but hate the cold. If not for the cold would have gone back.

How is the Jackson doing?

jabushey
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# Posted: 30 Jan 2013 18:17


He seems happy! He roams all over the vines. No taste for crickets but he sure likes meal worms and super worms!

Jawsofafrog
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# Posted: 21 Feb 2013 21:47


This thread is awesome! I think most of us reptile keepers would love to have herps in a greenhouse! You have a really nice place for them & they are all looking very healthy! Congrats on the Jackson's, him and his horns are awesome.


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jabushey
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# Posted: 22 Feb 2013 03:35


Thanks. I really enjoy my time in there with all my friends!

The two frogs have found a nice spot on the UV CFL. The sit next to each other nice an warm every once in awhile.

One of the Anoles has found the power brick for a radio to bask on.

Yesterday I found an Anole on top of the Cham under the basking lamp

Here is a link to the Jackson's cruising the benches:

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