Frogger 2014,what ya name please buddy?
I have limited experience breeding only red head histrionica,I don't feel my lass is exceptional in any way she is the only one I have bred from so far,keeping fingers crossed for the next filial as we speak
,so that gives you my limited take on all this. That said much of what i'm about to say has been seen by other folks whom have been blessed like we have
My female(JT) will oft lay two clutches back to back within days,our male fertilizes them,they might number 7 plus in each. If things don't work out for what ever reason she will try again very quickly. So Lets say for a ball park they hatch,the most mine has ever carried and reared is 5,and that's really very high,normally one is looking at 2 or often 3. I don't know whether there is some form of breeding strategem at play:laying lots in a couple of places might give a better chance of some surviving the egg stage I suppose.
In captivity even with many eggs successfully hatching , often for us, very few are carried from the hatched number. So basically it seems she either thinks something is wrong with the others,or feels there is a finite number she can rear. I haven't a clue if this is all instinctive or what's going on frankly,but which ever way you twist it I am not likely to see 14 froglets emerge at morphout,frankly one is silly special to see in the flesh.
We have been so damn lucky to have her drop tads several times now right at the front of the viv,sure they are high ,but we have been so lucky to have seen just how many feeder eggs get given to a tad. There are some pics from a while back here lurking,we were astounded honestly astounded. I think it is very reasonable to make an assumption that this intense parental care stategem was meant to produce few.
Many contientous breeders will actually avoid using broms not only because of the concerns over an axil dying,it always contains a tad(horrible to actually see it,but she might be a she so after nearly tears as I watched one of my first red head tads crash into a bit of wood a foot down,there is a happy ending,sorry). But more because they want her to rear only a couple or three at a time. Hopes are that they will be as strong as possible,but also there is mum to think about. A proven female is to me at least priceless and I don't mean in monetary value .
So slowly but surely these numbers of young produced are decreasing. I'm tired bro but i'm sure it's 3 months from egg to morphout so max of 4 clutches a year. So 12 might be a goodly number produced in a year. Then factor in again the keeper going wooh lass you don't breed 12 months of the year in the wild,I'm not letting you go there(they will try I feel if too much food and too humid all the time so those breaks are put in place and the number of kids with it.
As has been pointed out they are not prolific compared with other darts they are stunningly beautiful to many eyes,hmm real sophisticated breeding behaviour, so deeply enthralling to watch. As the number of kids falls the number of reasons someone would want to keep increases.
There is only one reason someone shouldn't want to keep these for and that is dosh, dollar, money... call it what ya like... ha and ironically they are emphatically not cheep.
Mate a bit of a ramble here,but hey large oophaga were my dream too,it's hard to find writings on them at first . So now search the web all over lots of info out there:
Oh and finally,have a dig about this guy in Colombia called Ivan good story