Frog of the Week

Green Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus)

photo by Brian Gratwicke


Common Name: Green Poison Dart Frog, Green and Black Poison Dart Frog
Scientific Name: Dendrobates auratus
Family: Dendrobatidae – Poison Dart Frog family
Native Locations:  Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama
Introduced Location: United States – Hawaii
Size:  females – 1.6 inches / 42 mm, males  – 1.5 inches / 39 mm

The Green and Black Poison Dart Frog is a very popular pet frog because of its bright colors and being diurnal (active during the day).  The frog is poisonous in its native habitat but in captivity, it is not since the poison comes from their diet. Not all Green and Black Poison Dart Frogs are green, they can also be blueish in color.  Poison Dart Frogs are one of the harder types of frogs to keep as a pet, so do not buy them unless you have experience.

Like other members of the genus Dendrobates, the Green Poison Dart Frog males provide parental care for their offspring. The males rotate the eggs and remove fungus on them until they hatch into tadpoles. Then the males transport the tadpoles on his back to new bodies of water.


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