Dart frogs make great pets, their beauty and behavior make them really stand out. With the right care they will do very well in captivity.
Dart frog care varies between each group of dart frog. The following is just a general guide on how to care for dart frogs. Please research any individual species to ensure you have the correct knowledge and set up before purchasing any dart frogs.
Enclosure: we always advise a glass tank with front opening doors for ease of use.
Tank size: This varies between species but a general rule of thumb to follow is 1 dart frog per 10 gallons of tank size, remember dart frogs like space so these are just estimates. Smaller species and thumbnails can be kept as 2-3 frog per 10 gallons and so on. Some enjoy more vertical space and others like more ground space. We also recommend locking any vivariums if you have children.
Temperature: 73-78 fahrenheit height. Do not let your temperature go beyond 80 this can be harmful.
Humidity: 85%+ dart frogs need a very humid environment. Always provide a water bowl for your frogs to soak in.
Lighting: Dart frogs do not require the same level of UVB that allot of reptiles and other animals do. Some people report a slightly improved coluration of frogs and plants under UVB and perfer to use low UVB. They will do very well on a low 2.0UVB bulb but will also be fine with no UVB in the form of high output LED's some people cobine the two for the best of both worlds. The most important factor in keeping your dart frogs healthy is good quality calcium that comtains vitamin D and using this reularly on all feeds.
Decor: You will see your dart frogs more if they feel secure and safe. Use live plants, branches, seed pods, leaf litter and more to create a natural and beautiful environment for you and your frogs to enjoy.
Feeding: We always use a high quality calcium and muliti-vitamin supplement with the frogs live food. Food should include, fruit flies, hatchling crickets, springtails and any other small insects your frogs can eat.
Handling: Dart frogs do not like to be handled and should only be handled when necessary. All captive bred dart frogs are not toxic even wild ones lose their toxins over time but we always advise wearing latex gloves if you need to handle them to protect the frog’s delicate skin. We always treat them as if they were a wild dart frog and always wear latex gloves and thoroughly wash our hands if we need to handle any of the frogs.
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