Doyle's Dart Den
Frequently Asked Questions
(last edited 09/18/2002)
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A - 1st let's look at the frogs a beginner should avoid.
Wild caught animals often have parasites and are stressed from the capture and shipping. Due to these conditions, they often do not survive. If you see an adult frog for sale in a pet shop, 95% of the time, it is a wild caught animal and should be avoided.
Small species - These are often called the "Thumbnail frogs" because they are the size of your thumbnail. Froglets of these species are even smaller and are very adept at escaping. They require very small food.
Shy Frogs - If you never get to see your frog, you are going to lose interest in the animal.
Good "beginner" species:
A - I normally recommend a 20 gal. - 38 gal. tank for the 1st setup. They are big enough that you can have a nice setup and the environment stays fairly constant. These tanks are also not so big that the frogs get lost. For more housing info. click here.
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A - The rule of thumb is 1 frog per 5 gallons or 0.5 sq ft (465 sq cm) of floor area.
A - Yes and no. If the animals require the same conditions they can be housed together but problems may arise. One species may be more aggressive and out compete the other for food. Also, frogs of the same species can cross breed and this is frowned upon frog folks. If you are just starting, pick one species and devote your time and resources to it. Mixing species is NOT a good idea for beginners or when breeding the frogs is a priority.
A - Yes you can but it is frowned upon. The general belief is that there is plenty of unique frogs from nature. Also, there is the fear that someone will come out with a "new morph" and it really is just a cross.
A - There are a few animals that can co-habitat with dart frogs. The most commonly-kept animal is the small day geckos. Make sure the other animals require the same environment and are captive bred. DO NOT keep anything that is much larger than dart frogs with them, such as red eye tree frogs. Your dart frogs may become food. As with mixing frog species, keeping other animals with dart frogs is NOT recommended for beginners.
A - YES. or you have to culture some food that the frogs will eat. The frogs will not eat the crickets that your local pet store sells because they are just too big. For more info on food Click Here.
A - See Housing
A - See Housing
A - See Obtaining Dart Frogs