Frequently Asked Questions

Although you may have heard stories of the origin of the name "Dart" frog, Captive bred frogs and offspring are completely poison free.  In the wild, it is thought they get their toxins from their diet - perhaps a species of insect that eats a particular fungus or plant, it is not entirely understood why but you can order worry free.  You should still do your best to never handle your frogs, as they do absorb your oils, bacteria, viruses, and any toxins from your hands.  

The lifespan of frogs can vary, but as a rule when thinking of homing a new amphibian you should be planning on a 10-20 year relationship.  It is a lot of committment, but they are lots of fun and once you get going care can be fairly easy.

Dart Frogs have been know to live over 20 years in captivity by feeding a consistent diet of fruit flies dusted with appropriate nutrients like Nekton brand.

A common question, what can I keep with my frogs or lizards?  The answer is usually nothing else.  You can try Mourning Geckos with tinctorius dart frogs, but smaller or larger species may compete for resources.   Aside from competing for resources, different species may carry diseases that affect other species and can make your other inhabitants sick.  Do your homework, you may find an OK pair, there are lots of resources on our site, or sites like Dart Den to assist you in your journey.

If you are starting out and want to know if it is a good idea to build a water feature, the simple answer is No.  Water carries bacteria and other pathogens, and a proper water feature needs a large investment.  See our vivarium resources for information if you want to go forward.  Keep in mind some species of dart frogs have been known to accidentally drown themselves in bromeliads if they are continually bothered by humans, they don't all swim.  This should be considered if you are thinking of adding any water features.  

Depending on the species this can vary greatly.  In general due to waste, competition etc, you will want at least 5-10 gallons per frog.

Dart Frogs are primarily terrestrial, however that is relative when it comes to vivariums, as they may be found up to 10 meters high in trees in the wild.  Some species are more arboreal than others so we always recommend this highest tank possible.  We recommend at least an 18x18x24 tank for 1-2 frogs.  For groups, you should consider at least 5 gallons per frog when designing a tank.  It is highly recommended that you use a front sliding glass tank to prevent any escapes, or accidents, however any front opening tank will perform best.  

It is not recommended that you use a top opening tank as most glass coverings available will not cover enough of the tank and prevent your frogs from escaping.  If you would like to have glass cut to size, it may be a better option.

We have several vivariums for sale here

 

Rule of Thumb 1: Best in Pairs

Most frogs will do best solo or in pairs, however if you really desire a larger group we recommend:

  • Epipidobates Santa Isabel
  • Phyllobates 
  • Ranitomeya
  • Dendrobates leucomelas
  • Dendrobates auratus (watch for aggression)

Rule of Thumb 2: Keep one species and one locale per tank

Although we do offer high end Insitu tanks, Thrive Ecosystems Lighting and MistKing tm automatic misters, don't get discouraged, you can certainly hand mist a few tanks and use vertical conversion kits with a 10 gallon fish tank.  For some Dart Frogs like Dendrobates tinctorius, you can utilize a horizontal tank with a glass top, as the frogs will use the ground space.  

Every vendor carries their own policy.  Please reach out via their store page, you can email them directly with the support button on their page, in your order section, or through the instant chat if they have it enabled.

Please fill out the Vendor Application form located here, and contact us at admin@frogsdirect.com

Thanks for considering us for your sales, we are a hobbyist run community, and hope to bring features to great frog and reptile keepers that other organizations lack.  You can accept direct payment through PayPal and have shipping calculated based on your address.  New features come out often.

Come on folks, no, you cannot.  Some species like the Colorado River Toad do secret substances that will alter your perception of reality, but we  not allow the sales of any frog for milking. Amazon Milk Frogs and Dart Frogs do not secret anything like this, but you might think you are 'tripping' if you see one in person.  Please consider another way to have fun, and stay safe!

Although we do sell some products, most of what you see is offered Directly, by one of our vendors, we are a marketplace for reptile hobbyists and small businesses.

Although you may have heard stories of the origin of the name "Dart" frog, Captive bred frogs and offspring are completely poison free.  In the wild, it is thought they get their toxins from their diet - perhaps a species of insect that eats a particular fungus or plant, it is not entirely understood why but you can order worry free.  You should still do your best to never handle your frogs, as they do absorb your oils, bacteria, viruses, and any toxins from your hands.  

The lifespan of frogs can vary, but as a rule when thinking of homing a new amphibian you should be planning on a 10-20 year relationship.  It is a lot of committment, but they are lots of fun and once you get going care can be fairly easy.

Dart Frogs have been know to live over 20 years in captivity by feeding a consistent diet of fruit flies dusted with appropriate nutrients like Nekton brand.

A common question, what can I keep with my frogs or lizards?  The answer is usually nothing else.  You can try Mourning Geckos with tinctorius dart frogs, but smaller or larger species may compete for resources.   Aside from competing for resources, different species may carry diseases that affect other species and can make your other inhabitants sick.  Do your homework, you may find an OK pair, there are lots of resources on our site, or sites like Dart Den to assist you in your journey.

If you are starting out and want to know if it is a good idea to build a water feature, the simple answer is No.  Water carries bacteria and other pathogens, and a proper water feature needs a large investment.  See our vivarium resources for information if you want to go forward.  Keep in mind some species of dart frogs have been known to accidentally drown themselves in bromeliads if they are continually bothered by humans, they don't all swim.  This should be considered if you are thinking of adding any water features.  

Depending on the species this can vary greatly.  In general due to waste, competition etc, you will want at least 5-10 gallons per frog.

Dart Frogs are primarily terrestrial, however that is relative when it comes to vivariums, as they may be found up to 10 meters high in trees in the wild.  Some species are more arboreal than others so we always recommend this highest tank possible.  We recommend at least an 18x18x24 tank for 1-2 frogs.  For groups, you should consider at least 5 gallons per frog when designing a tank.  It is highly recommended that you use a front sliding glass tank to prevent any escapes, or accidents, however any front opening tank will perform best.  

It is not recommended that you use a top opening tank as most glass coverings available will not cover enough of the tank and prevent your frogs from escaping.  If you would like to have glass cut to size, it may be a better option.

We have several vivariums for sale here

 

Rule of Thumb 1: Best in Pairs

Most frogs will do best solo or in pairs, however if you really desire a larger group we recommend:

  • Epipidobates Santa Isabel
  • Phyllobates 
  • Ranitomeya
  • Dendrobates leucomelas
  • Dendrobates auratus (watch for aggression)

Rule of Thumb 2: Keep one species and one locale per tank

Although we do offer high end Insitu tanks, Thrive Ecosystems Lighting and MistKing tm automatic misters, don't get discouraged, you can certainly hand mist a few tanks and use vertical conversion kits with a 10 gallon fish tank.  For some Dart Frogs like Dendrobates tinctorius, you can utilize a horizontal tank with a glass top, as the frogs will use the ground space.  

Every vendor carries their own policy.  Please reach out via their store page, you can email them directly with the support button on their page, in your order section, or through the instant chat if they have it enabled.

Please fill out the Vendor Application form located here, and contact us at admin@frogsdirect.com

Thanks for considering us for your sales, we are a hobbyist run community, and hope to bring features to great frog and reptile keepers that other organizations lack.  You can accept direct payment through PayPal and have shipping calculated based on your address.  New features come out often.

Come on folks, no, you cannot.  Some species like the Colorado River Toad do secret substances that will alter your perception of reality, but we  not allow the sales of any frog for milking. Amazon Milk Frogs and Dart Frogs do not secret anything like this, but you might think you are 'tripping' if you see one in person.  Please consider another way to have fun, and stay safe!

Although we do sell some products, most of what you see is offered Directly, by one of our vendors, we are a marketplace for reptile hobbyists and small businesses.

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