General Poison Dart Frog Care (Good for most Tinctorius & Dentrobates species)
Poison Dart Frogs
Poison Dart Frogs are terrestrial frogs native to Central and South America. They are diurnal, active, and bold by nature. With the variety of captivating colors and sizes it's no mistake why Dart Frogs are one of the most popular pet frogs. They are readily bred in captivity making them very easy to source from a good exotic pet store, expo vendors, or online specialty stores.
Poison Dart Frog Care
Dart Frog care is generally the same for all species with a few differences, be sure to do research on the specific species you are purchasing. When caring for Dart Frogs in captivity, it is important to provide proper care. This includes a spacious terrarium with plenty of hiding areas and foliage. The general rule of thumb for keeping multiple frogs is 10 gallons of space for every adult frog added. An 18x18x24 is great for 2-3 Adult Frog. Make sure to include plenty of hiding places and visual barriers to make your frogs feel secure and a zoomed water dish to help with humidity, you may notice your frogs soaking too. Dart frogs can be kept on a variety of substrates like “ABG mixes” and ReptiSoil mixed with sphagnum moss are most common. You want 1-2 inches of “soil” topped with leaf litter and sphagnum moss. Live Oak and Seagrapes are great leaf litter choices!!
The enclosure should be misted daily by hand or misting system to maintain high humidity levels of 80-90%. Monitor humidity with a hydrometer. The temperature should be kept between 60-80° F (lower temperatures at night, higher temperatures during the day). Temperatures above 80°F are detrimental to the frogs' health. Monitor temperature with a temperature gauge. They are insectivores and feed on a diet of live insects such as flightless fruit flies dusted with vitamin powder.
Poison Dart Frogs For Sale in the Pet Trade
Captive breeding of Dart Frogs is very far advanced, with most species being available as Captive Bred froglets. Many species, even color morphs are now available captive bred through the pet trade as well as at reptile expos and online vendors. Wild Caught frogs are not recommended for beginner hobbyists. If you are a breeder and are interested in purchasing wild caught stock for your breeding programs, reach out to us, we would love to help supply you with quality imported Poison Dart Frogs.
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