What do I feed Poison Dart Frogs?

Fruit Fly Culture

Poison Dart Frogs primarily eat Flightless or Wingless fruit flies in captivity. Fruit flies (Drosophila species) are an easily cultured prey item for reptiles and amphibians that need smaller foods. Drosophila melanogaster is a smaller, faster reproducing species, taking about 14 days to complete its life cycle. This is the species of fruit fly we recommend for beginners. Drosophila hydei is a larger species which takes longer to mature, taking about 21 days to complete its life cycle. These larger flies are about 1/8" long. Please watch our video on feeding fruit flies to your animals:

Springtail Culture

Springtails are tiny arthropods (1-4 mm) and make a great supplimental food for your poison dart frogs. When you seed your tanks with springtails they will reproduce in your terrarium eating mold/fungus.  Simply dump the entire culture in your terrarium and mix the charcoal in the springtail culture right into your substrate.


Isopods are great feeder insects for animals that require small prey items, such as dart frogs. Isopods also make great tank janitors in naturalistic vivaria. Isopods are great for controlling mold in vivariums. Check out Josh's Frogs Isopod Culturing Guide!

Phoenix Worms for Dart Frogs

Phoenix worms are low in fat and very high in calcium, naturally containing 23 to 61 times more calcium than other popular feeder insects. There is no reason to gut load or dust Phoenix worms before feeding them to your reptiles or amphibians. Phoenix worms do not need to be fed at all, and can stay fresh in the cup for weeks a time at room temperature. They don't produce noise like live crickets do, and have no odor. 

Rice Flour Beetles for Dart Frogs

The confused rice flour beetle (Tribolium confusum) is an easy to culture, convenient food source for poison dart frogs. Rice flour beetles are cultures in a media consisting mainly of flour, and take some time to start producing. When rice flout beetles do, rice flour beetles are very easy to maintain, and can go months without any upkeep, making rice flour beetles an ideal 'special treat' or 'backup feeder' if you run out of other feeder insects. Adult rice flour beetles are capable of emitting an unpleasant tasting chemical when threatened, making them distasteful to many animals. Rice flour beetle larvae, however, are very nutritious and palitable, and most poison dart frogs will eat rice flour beetle larvae with relish.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements for Sale

All feeder insects (except Phoenix Worms) should be dusted with a quality vitamin/mineral supplement before feeding your poison dart frogs.


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