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Last update 04/06/99
Common Name: Red Backed Poison Frog
What Name Means: ((Dendro g= tree / bates g = one
that walks or haunts / reticul L = a network)
Size range: 1/2 to 5/8 inches (14 to 16 mm)
Average size of female: inches (______
Average size of male: _______ inches (______mm)
How to identify sexes: Females tend to be larger and fatter.
Adult males have vocal sacs.
Description: A small frog with an orange to
red head that turns to black with gray/blue netting (reticulation) along
the back and legs.
Call: Low rasping-call which can only be heard when
one is near the vivarium.
Biotype and distribution
Distribution: Cordillera Central in north-eastern Peru
up to elevations of 2600 ft (800m).
Biotype: Primary forest in glades or cleared woodlands.
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: L = 18 in. (40 cm) W=12 in(30 cm)
H=24 in(60 cm) In the wild, these frogs are more arboreal, but people
have noted that CB animals tend not to climb.
Adult population density:
Day Temperature: 82 F (27C)
Night Temperature : 68 F (20C)
Average age in terrarium: ______years
Maximum age in terrarium: _______years
Behavior - outgoing or reclusive:__________________
Eggs/clutch size: 2 - 6 eggs
Where are eggs placed: Petri dish, bromeliads and
Sensitive to light:______________________
Development time for eggs: 10 - 14 days
Development time for tadpoles: 70 - 84 days
Food for tadpoles:______________________
Tadpoles kept singly or in groups: _________________
Are F1 offspring different from wild caught parents: ______________
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