I have heard they are illegal in the US. I am in the UK and have seen some for sale. What are they like to deal with?
They are actually illegal to own in Brazil as well lol.Edit: they are illegal anywhere outside of Brazil.
I have no idea where they came from (way before I got into the hobby), but the info from Pat Nabor's website makes it sound like they came from Brazil.I believe they were legally exported from Peru, back when many thumbs were lumped under Dendobates quinquevittatus.
They also occur in Bolivia. I have no idea what their laws are though.
What Davis is referring to is the fact that several species were imported as quinquevittatus before they were later split out into their own species. However this is not accepted by USF&W. This has been repeatedly hashed out on this and other forums.Quinqs are Peruvian, not castis. Sorry for the confusion.
Some commentsDear Ed,
Thank you for your inquiry regarding Federal laws and regulations concerning the possession and/or sale of Brazil Nut Poison Arrow (Dart) Frog (Dendrobates castaneoticus) from Brazil. Our mission is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Many frogs from Brazil are illegal to import into the United States, sell, or possess in the United States. These frogs are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The Brazil Nut Poison Arrow Frog is one such example of a protected frog species that is sometimes seen in the pet trade.
The Federal statute dealing with the prohibitions of the Endangered Species Act and CITES can be found in 16 USC 1538. The Federal regulations dealing with the prohibitions can be found in 50 CFR 17 and 50 CFR 23. Both the statute and the regulations can be found at GPO Access Home Page.
Sadly, there 'is a chance' that if USFW decided to check out your frogs and saw them.. and knew what they were, they could confiscate your whole collection. These frogs have been in the hobby for a very long time, so I don't know what would happen. It's always a possiblity. Sadly, though there aren't many in the hobby, they seem to breed fairly well so it's not an issue of constantly needing more.
All Brazilian frogs are illegal to own but you will probably only get in trouble for owning/selling castaneoticus. The galactonotus are very widespread and were sort of imported in a legal yet not quite legal way.So are Brazilian Yellow Head D. tinctorius illegal too?