These reptiles are currently only available in our Stockport, Fort Kinnaird and New Malden stores. Please contact these stores directly to check for availability before travelling.
Dart frogs are good pets for older children and adults. They are fur, feather and dust free so will not cause any of the allergic reactions that may be associated with other pets, and do not smell if maintained correctly.
They are sometimes considered a difficult amphibian to care for, but with modern vivariums and equipment this has now become considerably easier. They are usually quite active during the day, unlike the majority of frogs and toads.
They are small, only growing to about 4cm and there are very many different species available, with a wide variety of bright colours. These colours warn predators that they are poisonous. Dart frogs that have been bred in captivity are not poisonous, as they only obtain the poison via the insects they eat in the wild. Dart frogs can live for over 10 years, so please be aware that these animals may be a long-term commitment.
Dart frogs can be kept in groups, however they can be territorial. To avoid fights, there need to be plenty of hides and plant cover, and objects that break up a direct line of sight. Both males and females of some species will defend their territory against others of the same sex, some species more aggressively than others. A group of 2-4 can be housed in a 60 x 30 x 40cm vivarium suitably set up for their needs. It is generally not recommended to mix species.
If males and females are kept together, they may breed and we recommend that you research this thoroughly before thinking about breeding the frogs.
Disposable gloves that are not covered in powder may be used to prevent damage to the frogs skin.
Dart frogs are generally very hardy animals and do not normally suffer from many health problems. If a problem does occur, the majority consist of bacterial and fungal infections. These usually develop if the frog has been stressed; for example by high or low temperatures, incorrect humidity or poor handling.Always seek veterinary advice if your frog appears unwell.