Doyle's Dart Den


Phyllobates vittatus

Photo by Ken Uy

What Name Means: Phyllobates (Leaf Climber) vittatus (vittat L = a stripe, band; or striped)
Common Name:  Golfodulcean Poison Frog

Physical Description
Size range:  0.7 to 1.2 inches (18.5  to 31 mm)
                    Pacific coast 22.5 - 31mm  Atlantic coast 18.5 -23.5 mm
Weight range:____  g
Average size of female:  Pacific coast 1 - 1.2 inches  (26 - 31  mm)
                                          Atlantic coast  0.8 - 0.9 inches (21 -23.5 mm)
Average weight of female: ___ g
Average size of male:   Pacific coast inches  (22.5 - 26mm)
                                        Atlantic coast 0.7 - 0.8 inches 18.5 -21 mm
Average weight of male:____g
How to identify sexes:  See description below.
Description:  The back is black with two golden lateral stripes across the tip of the nose, the head, and back.  The stripes can be golden, yellow, or yellow-orange.  The legs and stomach are black broken up with turquoise to gold spots.  The pattern of spots is clearer in female but may be nonexistent on the male.
Other Morphs:  _____
Call:  Load trill

Biotype and Distribution
Distribution:  ________
Biotype:  __________
Population density:  ___________
Day Temperature:  ____________
Night Temperature :  __________
Relative humidity during dry season:  ______ %
Rainy season:  _____________
Are frogs sitting in sunlight:  _____________
When is their active time:  ___________
What kinds of food in wild:   ___________

Recommended dimension:  L =____ in. (___cm) W= ___in(____cm) H= ____in(____cm)
Day Temperature:  75 - 86 F (24 - 30 C)
Night Temperature :  68 F (20 C)
Terrarium landscaping:  Stream
Average age in terrarium:  ______years
Maximum age in terrarium:  _______years
Behavior - outgoing or reclusive:  _____________
Parts of Vivarium occupied:  ______________
How often misted:  ________________

Behavior:    The males constantly call and when the female is ready she will approach the male which causes him to call louder and to rear up, mimic around one spot or dance around.  The female will in turn stroke his back.
Eggs/clutch size:  7 - 20
Where are eggs placed:  ____________
Sensitive to light:  _____________
Development time for eggs: 13 - 16 days
Development time for tadpoles: 40 days
Percent of Eggs to develop into tadpoles: ____%
Percent of tadpoles that develop into froglets: _____%
Percent of froglets that reach maturity: ______%
Age of maturity:_____ months
Food for tadpoles:______________________
Tadpoles kept singly or in groups: _________________
Are F1 offspring different from wild caught parents: ______________

Methods to induce breeding:_____________

General notes about specie:______________

The following was posted on FrogNet by Ken Uy
Vittatus are really easy to feed, in my experience. They're like E.
tricolor, they'll tackle anything that they can cram into their mouths.
You won't have to depend on fruitfly cultures as much. They do tend to
hide quite a bit in the terrarium, until they get used to it. But the
males sing well.
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The Vivarium Page by Ken Uy

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