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    Hello,
    I recently went to the zoo, and in the herpatarium I saw D. auratus. This is my favorite dart frog. I have also heard that it is very easy to care for and breed, although it is a shy species. Can anyone tell me how to care for this species, maybe give me some links on care info. and maybe list a few places I can get this guy for a low price? I am looking for the black and green spotted form.
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    Here's some morph pictures if your interested...


    Care Sheet:

    Physical Description
    Size range: 1 to 2.5 inches (25 to 60 mm)
    How to identify sexes: Females tend to be larger/fatter/rounder. Adult males are smaller/slimmer, have enlarged toe pads, and have vocal sacs.
    Age of maturity: approximately 12 months
    Distribution: Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. There was also a population introduced on to the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

    Vivarium
    Recommended dimension: 10 gal. +
    Temperature Range: 68° - 83° F (20° - 28° C)
    Terrarium landscaping: Give the frogs some areas of heavy plant cover to hide in when they feel threatened and some open areas for them to hunt in.
    Parts of the vivarium occupied: They will often sleep in the upper portion of the vivarium and feed on the ground. Dendrobates auratus love to climb and will often sleep in higher portions of the vivarium. For this reason, provide plants, driftwood, and a background that the frogs can climb.
    Average age in terrarium: 14 - 17 years
    Behavior - outgoing or reclusive: Very shy to outgoing. It seems that high humidity and numerous hiding spots will encourage auratus to become more bold.

    Feeding
    Wingless fruitflies are preferred..you can substitute with small crickets...When feeding dust the insects with minerals and vitamin supplements.Probably the best combination, are the products, Rep-Cal and Herptivite.


    Dart-Frog set-up info can be found...

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    The only Breeder I like is the people at Saurian.net

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    Spec,

    The best place I can think of to get a D. Auratus is at a show or expo. You can usually find a "typical" Auratus for $35 full grown or $25 for a sub-abult. Dealers will usually take $5 off the price if you're a kid. They did for me anyway. The upside of getting frogs from a show is that you can inspect the frogs and you save money on shipping. The downside is that you may have trouble finding anything other than the most common species/forms, especially if you get there late.

    You might find what you want here--------------------------
    International Reptile Breeders Association
    October 18 & 19, 2003, San Diego Concourse, 202 "C" Street, San Diego, CA. 92101 (Largest Show on the West Coast)

    You do live near San Diego? Don't you?


    Mike


    P.S. Have fun with dart frogs, they're just as addictive as Cp's but cost 4X as much.

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    hehe, 4x more money indeed! just looked at a large vivarium construction page, it looked pretty expensive.

    No, I'm not that close to san deigo, i am in central coast of california, san deigo is at the southern tip. almost a whole days drive. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] are there any others, like in san fransisco?

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    The only other thing I could find is in LA.

    International Reptile Breeders Association
    December 13 & 14, 2003, Los Angeles Co. Fair Grounds Pomona Fairplex Pomona, Ca 91768


    Sorry I couldn't find anything closer. But doesn't it seem weird that there are only a couple herp shows per year in the entire state of california. Where as in Maryland, there's practically one each month. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] Strange.....

    Mike

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    I talked to zach a few days ago. he says there is a herp show every few month in san fransisco he goes to. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I'll have to check it out

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    Awesome! Good luck with your frogs and remember to post pics when you get then.

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