3 Facts about Poison Dart Frogs

Have you considered getting Poison Dart Frogs as a pet? They are wonderful to see, in all the colors of the rainbow. Most are tiny, and they do need some specialized care, but they’re not that much more difficult to keep than, say, a fish or a hamster.

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Fact One: The most common question about these tiny jewels is “Are they really that poisonous?” Well, the short answer is, it depends. In the wild, they are. But in captivity, they aren’t. Apparently, something in their diet in their native habitat contributes to their toxicity, and they don’t get that in a captive environment.


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What do you feed Dart Frogs in your home, then? Crickets and fruit flies are the most common diet, and are the easiest to find, too.

Fact Two: You DO have to spend some time getting their home ready first! You’ll have to build up your terrarium over a few weeks before it’s ready to hold your tiny jewels, and many Dart Frog owners find that process very enjoyable.

Some of the things you’ll need are tropical plants, mosses, an automatic misting system with filtered water, and the enclosure itself will probably cost more than the inhabitants!


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The great part of that is, that once you get the environment set up successfully, the actual frog keeping isn’t difficult at all. In fact, if you get the environment set up, and manage to get opposite sexes, you’ll most likely have lots of eggs and then baby frogs, too!


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Fact Three: Dart Frogs are different than most frogs in another way: they take care of their offspring! Males usually tend the eggs, making sure they stay moist, and then moving the hatchlings to water.

In some species, the male will call the female and court her, inducing her to lay infertile eggs which are then fed to the tadpoles.

Other species will have larger numbers of eggs and babies, and in the wild the male and female will feed and care for each tadpole in its own tiny pool.

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Breeder Patrick Nabors has been in the business since 1994, and his first advice to anyone interested is to buy from a reputable breeder. While some people might think this is just a ploy to get sales, I have found this to be true with any animal and especially true with exotics.

Think about it – do you really want to spend money on a pet that may have been bred from sickly or poorly fed parents? Or a pet that’s got diseases or parasites that you won’t ever see or know about until it dies? How about one that’s suffered through the process of being caught, “packaged”, and (possibly illegally) imported? Not only would you be throwing your money away, you’d be supporting the trade in illegal animals.

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Poison Dart Frogs make amazing and gorgeous pets for your home or office, but you do need to consider whether you’re actually ready for the whole process, and whether you want to commit the time and energy to do a proper job of keeping them.

If you’re still wanting to hop into Dart Frog ownership, purchase “My Poison Dart Frog Journal” https://amzn.to/2EI1NW2 to get some facts, some trivia, and a few froggy quotes as you build your habitat and prepare for your very own tiny living jewels!

As always, complaints, comments and criticism always welcome at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

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