Dendrobates reticulatus

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Dendrobates reticulatus

Dendrobates reticulatus Iquitos. Note the spotted flank
Scientific name: Dendrobates reticulatus

Common name: The red back poison frog, or reticulated poison frog

Distribution: Northern Peru

Favoured terrain: This is arboreal dwelling species, dwelling in bromiliads 2-6m above the ground.

Dendrobates reticulatus

Dendrobates reticulatus Iquitos. Note the black stripe in the flank
Dificulty: Medium. The small size of this frog rules out many of the larger livefoods. Having said this, its small size makes it more suitable for smaller vivaria.

Description: Dendrobates reticulatus has an orange to red back, often granular in texture, with green-blue legs and belly. Black spots cover the legs, and in places these spots can join to creat stripes. Compare pictures 1 and 2 above, to see the difference in colouration in two individuals flanks. Adults range from 15-17 mm in length. The small size of this frog can be seen in picture 3; a young adult sits on a typical film canister!

Dendrobates reticulatus

Dendrobates reticulatus Iquitos
Notes: At present this species is being sucessfully bred in captivity by a number of breeders worldwide. As it is somewhat arboreal and needs bromeliads to breed, a taller tank is more appropriate for this species, with bromeliads, vines and trailing plants creating walkways to different levels.

Dendrobates reticulatus

Dendrobates reticulatus Iquitos


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