Bumble Bee Dart Frogs are active animals and diurnal in their habits, meaning they are likely to be visible a lot of the time. They are able to be kept in pairs or very small groups, tank size permitting as aggression is common towards each other if they do not have sufficient escape. A terrarium of 60 x 45 x 45cm is a good size for a couple of frogs, whilst providing plenty of places to escape company and feed individually.
One thing to consider when housing these frogs is the heating elements you use. Dart frogs aren't very tolerant when it comes to heat so would only require a warm area with temperatures at a maximum of 24°C with 15-18°C towards the colder end - this can be monitored with digital thermometers more accurately. A heat mat may provide a good source of heat being that the maximum temperature is so low, and will need fitting to the relevant thermostat to ensure the enclosure does not overheat. The night time temperatures can drop to around 15°C and so may not require any extra heating. Even though this species spends most of its time on the forest floor or hiding in the dense leaves and moss, they would still be exposed to some UVB in their natural environment. Providing this in your enclosure will boost your frogs health and help create a natural setting, also creating a day-night cycle. A UV tube such as Arcadia's ShadeDweller (height dependent) would provide them with as much UV as they need so long as the bulb is changed regularly (lifespan is bulb dependent) as the UV will fade but the light will still be glowing over time.
The dart frogs require a relatively humid environment of around 70-80%. Regular spraying and foggers are a good way of keeping this humidity stable and preventing the enclosure drying out. Humidity can be monitored with a good quality digital hygrometer. It is also vital thatany water in the terrarium is dechlorinated as the chlorine can cause the frogs skin to dry out and can cause long lasting damage. Large bowls or pools are not recommended as dart frogs are not great swimmers, lacking webbed feet, so shallow dishes should be used. Moss, a good substrate mix (such as coco soil or other earthy substrates) and lots of plants can help also help maintain the level of humidity and provide a natural setting for the animals. Additionally having relatively sensitive feet, leaf litter can make a good addition preventing prolonged exposure to boggy or wet substrate, as well as logs, rocks and foliage for your frogs to climb up. Tank Decoration such as this will also add some challenge, enrichment and plenty of hiding places to the enclosure.
Being insectivores, these frogs will feed on feeder insects such astiny crickets (age and size dependent), springtails, and fruit flies, which can be gut loaded to make them even more nutritious. The live food will also need to be dusted with good quality calcium, D3 and multivitamin supplements in a suitable regime throughout the week so that your frog receives the all the required nutrients from the live food. Vitamin A is also vital to frogs and will play a big part in vision, skin health and tissue growth - especially as frogs can be prone to neurological disorders.
Swell SuperStore Bumble Bee Dart Frog:
- Current Age/Size - 1.5-2cm approx.
- Adult Expected Size - 2-3cm
- Habitat - leaf litter, moss and tree hollows amongst the forest floors of South America. Terrestrial living - semi arboreal habits.
- Required Enclosure Size - 60 x 45 x 45cm
- UV Lighting - 1-2 UVI (7% ShadeDweller - 25-40cm away)
- Expected Lifespan - 8-10 years
- Temperature Gradient - 15°C - 24°C
- Humidity Levels - 70% - 80%
- Feeding - Insectivore - feeding on fruit flies, spring tails and smallest crickets.
- Handling - Not For Handling, Amphibious species have extremely sensitive skin, Contact with ours causes damage and discomfort.
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