Re: Whats the deal with this hobby?
The hobby is growing, one major dart frog vendor moves about 10k frogs a year. Think about that.
There are a couple things to consider.
1 There are way more of what we would call casual keepers now. These are people that might just have 1 vivarium. Part of why this is, is because people have more and easier access to the information and resources to keep dart frogs. Places like joshsfrogs can give you everything you need, by mail, anywhere in the country. Casual keepers come and go, they often lose frogs or kill them, they also rarely care about breeding and are probably largely unsuccessful at rearing young. They might make a viv, lose the frogs after a year, then put a gecko in it, then try a different frog 2 years later.
2 international demand is ramping up. There isnt anything china doesnt change. When a billion people go from farming to high tech and join the developed world it puts demand on things and that includes pets like frogs. Products like the EVO Leds and others from topdogsellers that are cheap anf functional are a byproduct of Chinese demand for the pet hobbies ramping up.
Again major dart frog suppliers are seeing people grab up in wholesale, large batches of frogs and just take them over to asia and flip them for many times the price. I have heard some major breeders say they could sell every frog they produce to exporters if they wanted.