You're kinda applying a "dart frog rationale" here. Many darts are so easy too breed that many, many generations have created "lines" etc. to be perpetuated in captivity. These aren't dart frogs. Seems to me that people take for granted the fact that frogs DON'T breed like guppies, at least that's my opinion. There is just so much trial and error throughout the whole process, I mean, you're dealing with an animal that has multiple life stages, in different habitats, before they even become adult. There is just so much that can wrong.I know the care of these guys, particularly as tads is very demanding, but I wonder why we don't see any that have made it. People had to have bred them back then.
This isn't exactly correct. Most of the lines represent a different import or aquisition of the frogs not that they got so numerous that different lines were created by the breeders.You're kinda applying a "dart frog rationale" here. Many darts are so easy too breed that many, many generations have created "lines" etc.
Many frogs particularly captive bred animals are no where near as delicate as is put forth by many people. In reality many of the supposedly delicate animals do well with benign neglect and are only percieved as delicate because people spend too much time disrupting them and thier enclosures to fiddle with it.Frogs are pretty damn delicate in my opinion, and I'm not surprised at all that no lingering glass frog populations lurk in some basement somewhere.
Where are the thousands of "hardy" auratus that have not only been imported but produced by breeders? We can actively demonstrate that this frog has been bred in captivity in the US for going on 30 years now yet the populations don't show it even though this is a species that can have a life span into the two decade mark.I also "heard" about Mantella cowanii being bred, and "easily". Furthermore, I "heard" about Atelopus "spumarius" being bred. This was 12 years ago, where are they? Just take into consideration one power outage, disease outbreak, human error etc. and the odds pile up pretty quickly that any cool little long lost colonies of rare frogs may just be a daydream.
Use either the tag from the start of the quote to start new paragraphs and use the [/quote] from the end of the automatic quote to end the seperated lines. Cut and paste are your friend.How the heck do I divide up a paragraph and quote multiple times? Just tried a couple times.
You catch my drift on the "lines" though, I'm sure (I did add the "etc." as a disclaimer ).
Good point about the "benign neglect" thing. It's really all about setup, setup, setup. However I have had frogs live for years and years on "benign neglect" and crash suddenly when I lagged a bit on some aspect of husbandry.
Auratus are victims of the fashion trends of a Darters world it seems. Sad, because they are one of the coolest looking darts in my opinion.JVK