Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Illinois, United States
Posted Oct 09, 2012
These noisy little frogs are endemic to Costa Rica, living near streams and lowland forests. They are quite quick and when males are calling for females it can be heard a couple rooms away. They are beautiful frogs in general and are relatively easy to keep. As with most dart frogs they should be fed primarily a diet of fruit flies dusted with a high quality multivitamin/calcium supplement. It is recommended to also try to acquire springtails, isopods, and other small invertebrates for a varied diet.
A terrestrial tank is preferred, roughly, a 10-20 gallon tank would be sufficient for a pair of these frogs, and if desired a water feature would provide a natural habitat for this frog. I've found these frogs while hiking streams in Corcovado National Park under large rocks on the edge of the stream.
Reverse osmosis water is my preference, although aged tap water or treated water can be used as well. Make sure to change the water often so that bacteria isn't able to build up in their water dishes. If using a water feature make sure to use some duckweed or java moss to help clean up the water and do a water change whenever the water starts to become discolored or smelly.
Breeding these frogs is quite easy. As with a lot of terrestrial dart frogs simply providing many petri dishes with coconut huts on top will provide areas for egg laying. Males will typically call from a spot he deems acceptable for egg laying and the female will generally follow him and stroke his back if she's receptive. Three to six eggs is an average clutch with up to 9-10 being quite rare.
Overall, this is a great starting frog when entering the dart frog hobby. They're beautiful frogs, are easy to keep, are quite active, and have a lovely call. Do be advised that of all dart frogs I've kept this one has the loudest call. I find it quite nice but others may not share my opinion.