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    Best Time of Day to Release Gray Treefrogs?

    We rescued roughly 40 tads from a soon to be drained pool about a month ago. It's been a great experience for me and my family (esp my two little boys that can't get enough of frogs and snakes). This board has been a fantastic resource for us.

    We now have 15-20 baby gray's... which is too many to keep in our 50 gallon tank.

    We want to release all but 5 or so. When is the best time of the day to release them? Early in the morning, late morning or in the evening. Want to give these little guys the best chance.

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    Re: Best Time of Day to Release Gray Treefrogs?

    Evening, since they are nocturnal.
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    Re: Best Time of Day to Release Gray Treefrogs?

    Done!

    We've kept 6 of the little guys.

    I've just received a shipment of pinhead crickets. I'm a little reluctant to put them in with the frogs as they're in a 50 gal tank... I think the crickets might never get found.

    I see some people go the feeding bucket route. Since these frogs will not be released, I'm not against doing that (at least until they're big enough to really hunt for sizable prey on their own.)

    Since they're nocturnal, should I also be feeding them at night?

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    Re: Best Time of Day to Release Gray Treefrogs?

    yep, feed at night. If you drop the crickets in, they should be found no problem. Just be sure to put something for the cricktes to munch on, like a chunk of carrot.
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    Re: Best Time of Day to Release Gray Treefrogs?

    I used to and still occasionally use a separate feeding bucket for my 4 Gray Tree Frogs who are now adults -- but not at the current size you have. (Actually I accidentally got mine hooked on hand feeding - but that's a different story!)

    Your little ones will find the little crickets (and as Liz said, feed at night and leave a piece of carrot for the crickets). Your best bet with them at this age is to have any substrate (like coco-fiber, or organic soil) to a minimum so the crickets stand out more. But both frogs and crickets will hop around and the frogs will eat!

    Good luck!!! I hope you have the luck of at least a few males, so next year you will get some calling from the tank --- all of mine turned out to be VERY quiet females~~
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    Re: Best Time of Day to Release Gray Treefrogs?

    Thanks schlegelbagel & frognut. All the advice gleaned here has really helped.

    Just tried bucket feeding... no dice. So, I'm now trying the "free range" approach. I've got Flukers cricket food in the tank, but I'm going to also put in a chunk of carrot as suggested. Actually, once I dropped a couple dozen pinheads in, I noticed that the lightness of their bodies stands out against the dark bedding material. Hope the frogs eat well tonight.

    I think they've been doing OK on the fruit flies up to now, since they've been disappearing (but that may be due to very small openings in the tank screen top.)

    Not sure if I'm hopeful for males. I found the tadpoles in a pool at a local community center. I was doing some work on the pool house that required me to be there at night. That's when I first heard the strange trilling call they made...which is very cool, but can be pretty loud. I don't think my wife will be a huge fan, but my kids sure will!

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    Re: Best Time of Day to Release Gray Treefrogs?

    I raised hundreds of Gray froglets last year - also rescued from a pool (my Labrador's play pool, actually.) It was an awesome experience.

    You may have found this out already, but they might get a little scared of the crickets at first. Mine freaked out when I put in fruit flies. But in very quick order, they figured things out

    PS: This year I am happy to report that I have gray tree frogs everywhere this summer. Living under garden hoses, under planters on my deck, etc. I at least pretend they are some of my buddies released last year!

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    Re: Best Time of Day to Release Gray Treefrogs?

    The fruit flies seem to be disappearing on a regular basis, and I'm not finding them around the house, so I'm assuming they're getting eaten. Same with the pinhead crickets.

    We don't see much of the frogs during the day (nocturnal nature and all). They are definitely out at night, but I've never actually seen them hunt. Due to the fact that they look healthy, bugs are disappearing and I'm finding froggy droppings I'm assuming that they are healthy.

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    Re: Best Time of Day to Release Gray Treefrogs?

    those are all good signs that your frogs are eating!
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    Re: Best Time of Day to Release Gray Treefrogs?

    Update on feeding baby grays:

    So, I've been swinging in to my 2 local Petsmart locations on a regular basis hoping they would eventually get small crickets in. One of them finally did - about 1/4" body length. I picked up 3 doz and attempted bucket feeding tonight. Success! My 6 baby grays gobbled up 9 crickets and two mini-meal worms. Not sure why they don't seem to be going for the pinheads that I bought on-line last week... maybe they seem too much like ants?

    Either way, I'll be ordering my next shipment of crickets next week in the 1/4" size. Much cheaper ordering on-line than picking up in store.

    Erin: My guys seems to dig the fruit flies too. I like providing a buffet of choices.

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