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Old 02-25-2019, 12:51 AM
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Default O. Pumilio as first frogs - Talk me out of it

I am in the process of setting up my first viv. It's at least a month or two away from frogs, but have the opportunity to pay for (preorder) a sexed pair of O. Pumilio "Blue Jeans" right now. Everything I have read refers to these as "advanced" or "expert" frogs from a care/husbandry standpoint. My plan was Imitators (due to my vertically oriented viv), but I feel like I might regret this opportunity later; I understand that they are difficult to breed, but care requirements don't seem out of the ordinary after some research. Please share your thoughts!

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I've been seeing non-locale generic 'Blue Jeans' offered for sale a lot lately. What is the opportunity, exactly? Are they CB from a respected breeder, or are they just cheap and available?

Imitators are way cool.

Personality? Got it!
Cute? Yep.
Lots of locales to choose from? Uh-huh!
Mullerian mimics? Yeah, baby, yeah!
Possible bad first frog? Not likely.
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They are not cheap, and the animals themselves are not available for awhile yet. They're indeed captive bred from Shawn Harrington, who seems to have a robust presence in the frog breeding/trading world. Still have plenty of times to decide between the two, I like the breeding potential of Imitators, admittedly
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They are not cheap, and the animals themselves are not available for awhile yet. They're indeed captive bred from Shawn Harrington, who seems to have a robust presence in the frog breeding/trading world. Still have plenty of times to decide between the two, I like the breeding potential of Imitators, admittedly
Gotcha. Sometimes folks (me included) jump at "a good deal" only to find out it isn't.

I've not kept pumilios; I don't quite get the mythical status of them, but I haven't been in the frog hobby for that long. I do really like my imis (green and Chazuta), and they do breed freely with no help from me.

Sounds as if you do indeed have a tough choice to make. No worries, though, since what you don't do with your first viv you can do with your second or ninth.
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