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Old 06-22-2015, 08:54 AM
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I was looking at different breeds of dart frogs and found this one while me and the wife looking for another breed to add. I was hard pressed to find anyone that may breed them or if we could own them if anyone has some info that would be great or could point me in the right direction. Also if they were in the UK or somewhere out of the US how hard would it be to get them
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Histrionica are obligate egg feeders that produce relatively small clutches of eggs. Until recently, most people working with them have had trouble with raising the somewhat delicate froglets to maturity, but with newer and better supplements available, that is starting to change. There are not many people working with them, and everybody seems to want them. These are the kind of frogs where you gotta know somebody, and even then, they are quite pricey ($400 and up, depending on morph).
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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

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Stu&shaz my names henry. Was interested in finding out more about them and also if I could get them in the us.

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They are very much available in the US.
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They are very much available in the US.
Redhead are starting to get offered up a quite a bit more and I even saw a pair of bullseyes being offered a couple weeks ago. It is a lot less likely to see them here for sale on DB though. Most of those you will see on RAC from your more high end collectors.
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If you are a novice, definitely no frog for beginners.
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Redhead are starting to get offered up a quite a bit more and I even saw a pair of bullseyes being offered a couple weeks ago. It is a lot less likely to see them here for sale on DB though. Most of those you will see on RAC from your more high end collectors.
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Forgive my ignorance. What is RAC?

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