Yellow And Black Dart Frog Care Guide
Updated: May 3
The yellow and black dart frog, commonly known as the poison dart frog is a small frog from southern america. They’re used to very humid tropical rain forests so their humidity needs to be high. They’ll grow to around 2 inches for females and slightly less for males and are an excellent display pet because of their intense bright hue. In the wild, these little guys are poisonous, however that’s not the case in captivity.
The reason for this is their diet. In the wild they eat ants and poisonous plants which then give them the poisonous attribute, but they don't get this diet in captivity.
Keep these little guys in a tall terrarium of at least 10 gallons per frog, but keeping them in groups is fine for this species. The reason you need this space for a little frog is that you’ll want to fill this up with plants to create a little ecosystem. Set up their tank with a drainage layer under the soil which will stop the soil from becoming too saturated. Then as the frogs create waste, that will feed the plants which allows them to grow. All you’ll really need to do is add food and cut plants as they grow too large. Keep the colours all together though, don’t mix different species as they occur in different places in the wild and have different levels of aggression.
Your terrarium for this frog needs a glass lid, the reason for this instead of a mesh is because it’ll help keep your humidity in place much easier - these little guys need upwards of 80% humidity! Temperatures should stay between 70F and 80F. Add some lighting to help keep the tank warm and if you’re struggling to get to 75F then install an under tank heat mat.
Poison dart frogs will eat fruit flies, springtails, isopods, rice flour beetles, phoenix worms and other small bugs. You’ll want to dust these with a multivitamin and calcium supplement every other feeding. You can expect these frogs to live to between 10 and 15 years.
In their fairly long life for a pet, your poison dart frog may experience some illnesses, for example is your frog doesn't eat, loses weight, is listless, has lumps or other irregularities on the skin then this may be a bacterial infection. Treat with BAYTRIL by putting 8 drops in 125ml tepid water. Put a lid on the dish and make sure the frog's head stays above the water. Duration: 15 min, each day for 6 days.
If they're Listless, often found in water or hiding, watery droppings then this could be parasites in their intestine. Parasites are always present in the intestines, but they will cause problems when the animal is weak. Treat with vitamins and FLAGALEX. 1drop on 8 drops of tepid water, one drop on back of frog. Duration: each day for 6 days. Treatment for the vivarium: 1ml per 5 liters of water; use this to spray the vivarium. Be careful as overdoses can be deadly for the frogs. Use the right dosage!
If the previous case sounds about right but there's no watery droppings this could still be parasites in the intestine, however the treatment may be different. Treat with PANACUR. 25mg/kg body weight. Dissolve and drop on frog's back for at least 10 days.
If they Acts spasmodic, is active but loses weight, dry skin this could indicate worms. Treat with: LEVAJECT/LEVADERM/LEVAMISOL. 1 drop in 3 drops of tepid water, Drop water on frog's back, then put one drop on it's back. Treat for 7 days.
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