Doyle's Dart Den


Dendrobates auratus
Last update 04/19/99

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What Name means: Dendro g= tree / bates g = one that walks or haunts / aurat L = golden
Common Names: Green and black dart frog, blue and black dart frog.

Physical Description
Size range:  1 to 2.5  inches (25 to 60 mm)
Average size of female:  ___inches  ( mm)
Average size of male:  ___ inches  (mm)
How to identify sexes:  Females tend to be larger/fatter/rounder.  Adult males are smaller/slimmer, have enlarged toe pads, and have vocal  sacs.
Description: Dendrobates auratus is one of the most diversified species of the dart frogs.   Please see the auratus morph page.  If you have an unusual morph or a good photo any of the morphs of auratus please email me a photo and I will include it.
Call:  _____
Age of maturity:  approximately 12 months

Biotype and Distribution
Distribution:  Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua.  There was also a population introduced on to the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
Population density: _____
Relative humidity during dry season:  _____%
Rainy season:  ______
Are frogs sitting in sunlight:  ______
When is their active time:  _______
What kinds of food:  _____

Recommended dimension:  10 gall aquariums and larger.
Temperature Range:  68° - 83° F (20° - 28° C)
Terrarium landscaping:  Give the frogs some areas of heavy plant cover to hide in when they feel threatened and some open areas for them to hunt in.
Parts of the vivarium occupied: They will often sleep in the upper portion of the vivarium and feed on the ground. Dendrobates auratus  love to climb and will often sleep in higher portions of the vivarium.  For this reason, provide plants, driftwood, and a background that the frogs can climb.

Average age in terrarium:  14 - 17 years
Behavior - outgoing or reclusive:   Very shy to outgoing.  It seems that high humidity and numerous hiding spots will encourage auratus to become more bold.  I have noticed this with my Costa Rican and a friend reported that he had some of the Pamalian blue and black auratus which stayed hid all of the time.  He traded them to a friend who placed them into a very wet vivarium where they became bold.

Eggs/clutch size:  6 to 8.
Where are eggs placed:  Under hut.
Sensitive to light:  No
Development time for egg to tadpole:  18 days
Care of eggs:  Keep eggs in a shallow container with water surrounding the egg but not submersing them.
Development time for tadpoles to froglet:  approx. 70 - 85 days
Food for tadpoles:  Fish food, spirulina, & chlorella
Care of tadpoles:  Keep singly but tads of the same clutch may be kept together
Are F1 offspring different from wild caught parents:  No

Other sites with photos and info.
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