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Epipedobates trivittatus
Last update 03/04/99

What Name Means: Epipedo G = on the ground / bates G = one that walks or haunt / trivi L = three ways; cross roads
Common Name: Three-striped poison frog

Physical description
 Average size of female:  2.75 inches  (70 mm)
 Average size of male: 2.3 inches  (58 mm)
 How to identify sexes:  Males are little smaller and have vocal pouches.
 Description:  Black body with two dorsolateral stripes  of yellow or green.   Legs are green to yellow.
 Call:  Retarded trill; very loud.

Biotype and distribution
Distribution: Peru and northern South America
Biotype:  Very wet rain forest from sea level to about 700 m.
Population density:  80 m between calling males.
Relative humidity during dry season:  about 80%
Rainy season:  Depends on locality.
Are frogs sitting in sunlight:  No, only found in the shadows.
When is their active time:  Between 6 AM and 6 PM
What kinds of food:  _______________________

Recommended dimension:  L = 59 in. (150 cm) W= 26 in (65 cm) H= 26 in (65 cm)
Terrarium landscaping:  These frogs live at the bottom of the tank; heavily planted with large plants.
Adult population density:
How often do you simulate rain:  One to two times a day.
Average age in terrarium:  Eight years
Maximum age in terrarium:  _______years
Behavior - outgoing or reclusive: Not shy

Eggs/clutch size:  About 50
Where are eggs placed:  Under a half coconut
Sensitive to light:  No
Development time for eggs:  14 days
Development time for tadpoles: 35 days
Food for tadpoles:  Fish flake food or live food
Tadpoles kept signally or in groups: Groups, not aggressive.
Are F1 offspring different from wild caught parents:  No

Methods to induce breeding:_____________

General notes about specie:______________

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Sources of information:
This information was published in the American Dendrobatid Group's Newsletter dated April - June 1997 #32 and regenerated here by permission of the ADG.
Matthias Kneller was the author.


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