Introduction to poison dart frogs



Did you know?
The most toxic poison frog is Phyllobates terribilis from Colombia, which can produce enough toxin to kill eight people!



A fully planted vivarium can contain mosses, ferns, epiphytes like bromeliads and even flowering orchids!

Dendrobates tinctorius is one of the most colourful Dendrobates species
Dendrobates tinctorius is one of the most colourful Dendrobates species
Poison dart frogs (also known as arrow-poison frogs) are one of natures magnificent creations. Their intense coloration matched only by their intense toxicity, frogs of the families Dendrobates, Epipidiobates and Phyllobates are fascinating to keep, non-toxic in captivity and often easy to breed.

Dendrobates leucomolas is one of the most kept Dendrobates species
Dendrobates leucomolas is one of the most kept Dendrobates species
They inhabit most of South and Central America, although they do have a natural association with the Amazon rainforest. The Chocó Indians of Colombia use their toxins to make their famous poison arrows, which is of course where the name poison dart frog originates.

Dendrobates ventrimaculatus is one of the smallest Dendrobates species
Dendrobates ventrimaculatus is one of the smallest Dendrobates species
Dart frogs are protected species, and so all stock available in the UK comes from captive bred sources. Captive bred animals are much tougher than wild caught specimins, and have been raised on typically available foods. All in all captive bred frogs are a far hardier pet, which do not threaten the natural populations.

 

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This site contains photographs, information on poison dart frog husbandry, their habitats from the Amazon rainforest, and elsewhere in South America. There are articles on tropical plants (bromiliads, orchids, epiphytes), vivariums, and of course the frogs themselves. If you have any suggestions please contact me on info@poisondartfrog.co.uk.

 
 

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