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Poison Dart Frog Caresheet
The poison dart frog of the family dendrobatidae are some of the most colourful creatures on the planet (with the exception of the rocket frogs-colostethus sp), but in the wild those bright colours are a warning of their highly toxic skins. While some wild frogs are so poisonous simply touching them makes your skin tingle, captive bred specimens are non-toxic. This is due to the fact that they feed on ants and re-metabolise the ants toxins and use them for themselves. Most species are endangered due to the fact that they inhabit very small ranges, often only a football pitch sized area of rainforest, but they are far more common in captivity than in the wild due to them being quite prolific breeders, for example the azure poison frog will breed readily in captivity, often in conditions that are not perfect for them, and several times a year.
Poison Dart Frog Vivarium
An exo-terra vivarium, or perfecto vivarium are ideal for several of these,but a larger custom built viv is most often used. Due to the precise care details there are many dart frog specific pieces of technology to make fogger systems, misting systems, and other simulated rainfall/waterfall equipment. The humidity should be around 90%-100% with reasonable airflow and good lighting. UV light should be provided in the form of a UVB 5.0 tube and some halogen spotbulbs too. LIVE plants are recommended and should be various forms of bromeliad, moss, lichen, air plants (Tillandsia sps) and orchids. The poison dart frogs will probably breed in the bromeliiads, but a petri dish of water under half a coconut shell should be provided for the purpose of breeding. Temperatures should be around 28 degrees to 30 degrees with NO basking bulb and a drop of around ten degrees at night regulated using a thermostat. The misting system should be set for twice or three times a day and for around one minute in duration. A cooling fan may be required if the ambient temperature rises above the required amount.
Poison Dart Frog Feeding
As far as food goes, they will take any item that is small enough, and when considering the largest of these reaches around an inch and a half in length, the largest food they will require is small crickets. Food items that are more appropriate will include springtails, micro crickets and flightless fruit flies, and if available bristletails or silverfish. Feed them every other day generously as some food will inevitably disappear into the plants. Commercial feeds are available for tadpoles.