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Dendrobates Reticulatus:
  • Difficulty: Advanced - Due to size and speed, and stress after a move. Large juveniles and adults are not uniquely difficult to keep when compared to other similarly sized frogs, but due to the difficulty associated with breeding, tadpoles and young froglets, these frogs are to be considered for the advanced frogger.
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  • Location & History: Yurimaguas, Huallaga river, noord Peru in the Loreto province. Discovered Boulenger, G.A. (1883) (1)
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  • Descriptions & Behavior: 14-16mm. The anterior dorsal surface of the frog is bright red with reticulated limbs and ventral surface. Females are slightly larger than males, and have a more round appearance.
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  • General Care:
    Temperature range of 70-80º F during the day; nighttime temp drop of up to 10º F if possible

    Groups are possible given enough room and leaf litter. Male-male & female-female aggression do occur so if housing in groups make sure to closely observe behavior. Groups raised together from juveniles generally exhibit less aggression than adults introduced to each other.

    Retics utilize both the floor and vertical space of their enclosure. A think layer of leaf litter is recommended for vivarium floor where the frogs tend to spend most of the daylight hours. Bromeliads and vertical space are utilized intermittently during the day, but the frogs will retreat to the middle and upper levels at night. Provided with enough cover, a vertical 10g tank could house up to 3 frogs, or 4 frogs in a horizontal 10g, but as is almost always the case, the more space the better.
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  • Breeding & tadpole Care:
    2-3 eggs laid as often as every 7-10 days.

    Black film canisters oriented horizontally close the enclosure floor, with or without a small pool of water. Some have had success with mating in bromeliads Males will call (faint buzzing) from the film canister/bromeliad and females if receptive will enter, and large gatherings of multiple frogs (males and females) at the breeding location may occur if housed in groups. Young breeding frogs may require a significant period of time before laying viable eggs (some accounts up to 12 months).

    Tadpoles may exhibit cannibalism and should be housed individually. (2) Tadpoles are also very “delicate” and prone to infection. There are two periods of development that are critical and during which high mortality rates may be experienced: the first 4 weeks of growth (starting at time of fertilization) and the final stages of metamorphosis and the first few weeks of froglet growth. Due to the small size of the froglets, a readily available supply of springtails is essential for young froglets. Stunted and wingless melanogaster can be fed when froglets are a little older.
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References:
(1) http://www.poison-frogs.com/
(2) http://www.natures-web.org - Tor Linbo
Walls, Jerry G. Jewels of the Rainforest – Poison Frogs of the Family Dendrobatidae.
Neptune City, NJ: T.F.H. Publications, 1994.

Contributers:
Robb Melancon (Rmelancon), David Martin (dmartin72), Darren Meyer and Oz (rozdaboff) from:http://www.dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=15674
Kyle Kopp (kyle1745)
Egg & Tad photos by: (*GREASER*)


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I think it would help out if you could make the species template easy to copy/paste. That way people could just come here to this thread copy the template and paste it on the new thread they would like to start, and just fill in the blanks. Just my lazy $.02.

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Good point. Maybe just one pic of the most common morph in the hobby or maybe the standard/nominat morph? Having just a thumbnail might work as well. I just think it makes more sense to have some sort of description and identifying picture at the begining.
 
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