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3 Care Tips for Poison Dart Frogs

Learn three tips for how to take care of a poison dart frog from reptile and amphibian expert Jungle Bob in this Howcast video.


The vivarium is a new word that we have in our industry, and that is because a vivarium is different from an aquarium, which holds water, and a terrarium, which is pretty much just land-based. Vivarium is a living ecosystem, and there's no better denizen of a vivarium than a poison dart, or a poison arrow frog.

Again, the jewels of the rain forest just are so brightly colored, that they're sought-after by collectors and hobbyists throughout the world. Unfortunately for the frogs in nature, they're disappearing. So these have now popped up because of the money that can be made by breeding them; there's captive breeders all over the country, that are supplying the pet world. And we're learning enough to leave the wild ones wild, which is very important to me in particular.

Dart frogs such as this need a forest floor. You see that we have them sitting on this beautiful moss with a piece of wood. This is living moss, this is living at the bottom of the tank they live in. There'll be a little waterfall in the background to keep the animal humid. They are a terrestrial creature, they're not really climbers, so they can't hop up onto logs, and they'll climb a little bit up any kind of a, an angled branch,

But they're not a tree frog; they definitely are denizens of the forest floor. Their bright colors, of course, tell predators and people alike that, watch out, there's poison here. Due to the fact that the frog gets its poison through a series of events of what it eats in the rainforest, they are not toxic in captivity, which is great.

We feed them fruit flies, actually flightless fruit flies, they don't fly out of your tank, which are also grown by breeders, and small crickets and other types of worms that will keep them quite happy in their forest home. I don't advocate grabbing them, but if you have to touch one, you will not die from the poison as you might with one in the wild, which is a very important thing if you're going to sell one to somebody.

So, poison arrow and poison dart frogs have caused somewhat of a revolution in the reptile amphibian industry, in that years ago, it was just snakes and lizards, snakes and lizards, but here, we've pulled all kinds of people into the hobby, because frogs, who doesn't like a frog, right? Everybody likes frogs, and this is something that can be kept in a 12 by 12 inch tank, what a conversation piece in the house, or living room, or office, to have something that sounds really exotic, sounds dangerous.

It's a poison arrow or poison dart frog, but we know better. They're just jewels of the rain forest, easy to keep, easy to feed, and just a fantastic, long-term, captive animal.

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