Which Dart Frog is a Good First Frog?

Many people ask us which dart frog is the best dart frog for beginners. Truth be told, there are several! Thanks to years of experience working with dart frogs, Josh's Frogs is able to recommend several species of poison dart frogs we commonly have available. Josh's Frogs strongly recommends purchasing only captive bred frogs. Captive bred frogs are generally healthier and better adapted to a captive environment than their wild caught counterparts. Not only that, but by purchasing captive bred animals, you are not harming wild caught populations.


1. Dendrobates tinctorius (Cobalt, Azureus, Citronella, Powder Blue, Yellowback, Patricia, Brazilian Yellow Head, Bakhuis)

     Dendrobates tinctorius (commonly called tincs in the hobby) are large terrestrial dart frogs ideally suited for the beginning hobbyist. Known for vibrant colors and their bold disposition, tincs make a great first frog. Tincs can be raised in groups when young, but typically kept in pairs or groups of multiple males and a single female when they are mature.


2. Dendrobates leucomelas (Standard, 1995 import, 1996 import, Fine Spot, Guyana Yellow)

     Dendrobates leucomelas (commonly called leucs or bumble bee dart frogs) are another great first frog. Sporting black and yellow spots, bands, or a combination of the two, leucs are vibrant additions to any tropical vivarium. Dendrobates leucomelas does great in groups, and has a loud, melodious call that males make during the day.


3. Dendrobates auratus (Costa Rican Green and Black, Turquoise and Bronze)

     Dendrobates auratus (commonly called the green and black poison dart frog or simply auratus) is a great first frog that does well in groups. Sometimes a bit on the shy side, auratus respond well to a water feature in their vivarium. Dendrobates auratus breed readily in captive conditions and make great tropical vivarium inhabitants.

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