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    General Care Of Dendrobate, Poison Dart Frogs

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    General Care Of Dendrobate, Poison Dart Frogs

    Post by Metal Maniac on Fri 03 Apr 2009, 13:06

    General Care Of Dendrobate, Poison Dart Frogs

    Many times when you open an amphibian book, the first picture is of some gorgeous tropical looking frog. These frogs are usually some sort of poison dart frog. The genus of Dendrobate is one of the more common genuses in poison dart frogs so I thought I would cover the basic care of them. It is also the genus I have had the most book info and experience with. There are 26 species of Dendrobate, almost all of which are brightly colored. The more common ones in captivity are Dendrobates auratus, D. tinctorius, D. leucomelas and D. pumilio. Dendrobates auratus grows to 5 cm. but most will only reach 3 or 4 cm. They vary in color from black with green blotches, to black with green spots, to black and blue, and some even have brown lines or spots on them. Dendrobates tinctorius is one of the largest poison dart frogs, growing to around 4 or 5 cm. on average, but there are some that may grow to 6 cm. There are so many forms or morphs of this frog that it would take pages to describe them all (check out this link Dendrobates Tinctorious color giude ), so I will only mention the more common ones. The cobalt form of D. tinctorius is black with yellow stripes flowing down its back and down its side. The legs are blue. The yellow back form is black with a bright yellow back that has two "drops" of yellow trailing off of the back down the sides. The powder blue form is black with white or very light blue stripes and small spots all over its back. The legs are light blue with black spots. Dendrobates leucomelas grows to around 3 or 4 cm. The juveniles are black with yellow or orange stripes running horizontally on their backs. When they turn into adults, some of the stripes start turning into spots. This is one of the better poison dart frogs for beginners. Dendrobates pumilio is small, growing to only 2 or 3 cm. They are the most variable of poison dart frogs and can be in any color you imagine. The most common form is red with blue legs. This is not a good species for beginners. After you have looked over the kinds of poison dart frogs and have decided which kind you want to get, you will need some sort of enclosure to put them in. I have a separate page on how to make a terrarium for them so I figure why write it twice. Here is a link dendrobate cage or you can find the other page under care sheets on my homepage. Make sure you know the proper temperature for your species of Dendrobate before you make the terrarium because it is hard to lift a terrarium full of plants and frogs to put an under tank heat pad on. Here are the common temperatures of some Dendrobate: D. leucomelas 77F-83F D. azureus 75F-81F D. auratus 76F-80F D. tinctorius 75F-80F Some good plants to use in the terrarium are philodendron, pothos, any kind of ivy and schefelaras. You can also just go to your local plant store and select a few kinds of small house plants and use them. Since all Dendrobates are small frogs they require small foods.
    Getting small foods in large quantities can be a hard task.
    The easiest way to do this is to start a culture and raise your own.
    Crickets are the most easily acquired food.
    Almost all pet shops should have some for sale.
    The problem is that not all have the very small ones, which are called pin-head crickets.
    Eighth-inch crickets are also ok for the frogs but pin-heads are the best.
    If the pet shops in your city don't have them, then you will most likely be able to special order some.
    If you still can't do that then there is always the possibility of mail ordering them yourself.
    Before feeding these to your frogs you should either "gut load" (also known as "power feeding") them or dust them with vitamin and mineral powder.
    All that "gut loading" is, is you feed your crickets some lettuce and fish flake the night before you give them to your frogs.
    The next most common food for them is fruit flies. Always get the wingless form of them instead of the winged ones.
    They are vary easy to culture.
    There are suitable instructions for making a culture at A1 Reptiles (clicking on the link will take you to a different site).
    My favorite food and the most easily cultured is spring tails. Spring tails are very small white insects.
    You can get a starter culture from ARIZONA DENDROBATE RANCH or The Dendrobate Den .
    Here are directions to culture them: Materials needed: Small tupperware sandwhich box, African violot potting soil, Fish food and spring tails.
    1. Take the tupper ware container and fill half or less of it with the potting soil.
    2. Trickle some water on top of the potting soil and stir it up so its consistancy is like pie dough.
    3. Add fish flake to the top of the potting soil and then add springtails.
    4. Once your springtail culture is growing, separate part of it and put it into a new culture.
    Do not worry if white fuzzy mold appears over the top of the springtail culture.
    The mold should go away in a week.
    Now that you have the cultures going, the question is how do you get the little bugs out of there without squishing them.
    All you do is take a turkey baster and blow some of the little springtials out into your frogs' cage.
    If you want you can blow the springtails into a small container so you know how many you are putting in the cage.
    There are some frogs that are not good for the beginner Dendrobate keeper.
    The following is a list of the species that are good for beginners and the species that aren't so good for beginners.

    Poison Dart Frogs That Are Good For Beginners :
    Dendrobates azureus (blue poison dart frog)
    Dendrobates leucomelas (yellow-banded poison dart frog, bumble bee poison dart frog) Dendrobates auratus (Green & Black poison dart frog)
    Dendrobates tinctorius (Dyeing poison dart frog)

    Poison Dart Frogs That Are Not Good For Beginners :
    Dendrobates pumilio (strawberry poison dart frog)
    Dendrobates histrionicus (harliquin poison dart frog)
    Dendrobates lehmanni (lehmann's poison dart frog)
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    Re: General Care Of Dendrobate, Poison Dart Frogs

    Post by Rhom_Keeper on Thu 09 Apr 2009, 08:57

    great info


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    Re: General Care Of Dendrobate, Poison Dart Frogs

    Post by Metal Maniac on Sun 31 May 2009, 19:16

    Hope it helped bro!

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    Re: General Care Of Dendrobate, Poison Dart Frogs

    Post by frogstomper1 on Wed 03 Jun 2009, 17:08

    good information,i will post for members info on how too house these frogs


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