1. The staple is generally Fruit Flies. You can offer D. melanogaster to most all Dart species, D. hydei are better suited for larger Darts, and "Turkish Gliders" are another alternative. Some say the frogs truly appreciate hunting down the "Gliders". Another food source is Bean Beetles. These are better for larger species, but perhaps Bean Beetle offspring would be suitable for smaller species. Springtails should be well seeded into the viv and be a constant food source for them. These are considered supplemental for adults, but VERY IMPORTANT for Froglets, and smaller species in general. Woodlice are seederes as well, but to my knowledge mostly only very young offspring are consumed by frogs. Termites are reputed as being a good feeder, but the risks generally outweigh the benefit IMHO.So I've been reading up a lot on the beginner articles here but still have a few questions.
1. Noone really says how often or what to feed. I understand there are variables such as age, humidity, season, and so on, but are there any good "Guidelines"?
2. What is everyones opinion on Exo-Terra tanks? I think they'd be nice because of the front opening on the tanks, but then again I'm a total Noob at this whole thing, so it's better to ask the knowledgeable then to make mistakes and waste money and possibly not give frogs the best possible living conditions.
3. What would be a good beginner species that is a social species? I think personally it'd be way more interesting to have a group of 4-6 opposed to 2.
4. Does anyone know of a reputable breeder in SE Wisconsin, northern IL.?
I'd really like to talk to a few breeders close by, maybe see some of their vivariums. I really want to be the more prepared I can be before I purchase any frogs. I really don't wanna have a unprepared "Test batch" of frogs.
Thanks ahead of time. I'm just trying to do research before I purchase any frogs.
I fully intend to do quiet possibly 100+ more hours of research, I want to provide the best living conditions I can.
2. I do not like exos. For me they didn't hold humidity well, have a tendency to leak from the bottom, and are not as good as aquarium style glass tanks.
3. I suggest P. vittatus. This frog is readily available, won't cost an arm and a leg, and is a very social species, provided proper viv size, and set-up. You will want to include many visual barriers, and perhaps several "feeding stations" to limit competition.
4. Can't help you with local breeders, but the sponsors here all ship very well, IMO.
Best of luck to you! I will help you gladly with anything you need if I am able!