I’ve been raising Poison Dart Frogs for about three years. I love them. They are fun to watch in their vivariums, they occasionally sing to each other, and they eat fruit flies with abandon.
The bright colors tell their possible predators that they are dangerous and stay away. Before you get alarmed, the Poison Dart Frogs are poisonous in the wild, but in captivity, they don’t have the same diet, and therefore don’t make poison. If you are super interested in Poison Dart Frogs, please check out http://www.saurian.net/
They are small frogs – this graphic from National Geographic shows their size in relation to a paper clip!
Dart frogs are members of the Dendrobatidae and I’ve had three pair:
“Bumble Bee” dart frogs (D. leucomelas) are yellow and black
green and black (D. auratus)
and two BIG blue dart frogs (D. tinctorius “Azureus”)
Dart frogs are happier living in color coded community. In the past year, one green and one yellow have died. So yesterday, I visited my local pet store.
Let the frog shopping begin!
It was a bit of an event trying to find and capture the little froggies.
tiny frogs are good at hiding
Frogs selected, and I stopped to visit with one of the pet shop cats
You’ll notice the cat is eyeing my new frogs
Back in the studio, the frogs are released into their new homes
Welcome home little CX
It’s a little blurry, but you get the idea
Nano taking a swim, or is that Trinket? I can't really tell.
Just for size comparison…
Domino poses for the camera
Stay tuned for more Poison Dart Frog adventures.