Splashback Dart Frogs are active animals, making use of all areas of their enclosure, and being diurnal they will also make entertaining viewing during the day. This species is best kept in pairs or small groups as long as the tank space is plentiful and provides enough hiding opportunity. We would suggest an enclosure that is a minimum of 60 x 45 x 45cm to house a pair or trio, built up with plenty of places to hide and escape company to eradicate the risk of competition in the tank.
Dart frogs aren't very tolerant of excessive heat and would only need a warm area with temperatures at a maximum of 26°C, with a cool area of around 20°C. Monitoring of the temperature with a digital thermometer as well as attaching any heat sources to the relevant thermostat will prevent any over heating which could be detrimental to the frogs. A good option could be a heat mat considering the low temperatures required. The night time temperatures can drop as low as 15°C and under, so may not require any extra heating. Despite this species naturally spending most of its time on the forest floor or hiding in the dense leaves and moss, they would still be exposed to some UV. Providing this in your enclosure will boost your frogs health and help create a natural environment, as well as incorporating natural day-night periods when used in a 12 hour cycle. A good option for this UV is Arcadia 7% ShadeDweller (25-40cm away) which will need changing every 12 months as after this time the UV will fade but the light will still be glowing (lifespan is bulb dependent).
The humidity should be sitting between 70 - 80% for the majority of the time. To achieve this, regular spraying, foggers and small water sources are all relevant. Humidity should be monitored with a good quality digital hygrometer. Dechlorinating all water that is put into the enclosure will also be highly necessary as chlorine can cause the frogs skin to dry out and cause long lasting damage. Also to note is that dart frogs are not great swimmers, lacking webbed feet, so shallow dishes should be used for water sources. Moss, a good substrate mix (such as coco soil or other earthy substrates) and lots of plants can also help to maintain the level of humidity. These frogs also seem to have sensitive feet, so it would be a good idea to include a good layer of leaf litter to prevent prolonged exposure to wet boggy soil, as well as logs, rocks and plants for your frogs to climb up which will also provide plenty of hiding places, lots of places to climb and some good challenge and enrichment.
These Frogs are insectivores and will only feed on feeder insects such as tiny crickets, spring tails, and fruit flies. Gut loading in conjunction with dusting with good quality calcium, D3 and multivitamin supplements in an alternating cycle will mean the frogs receive all the required nutrients from the live food. Vitamin A is also vital to frogs specifically and plays a big part in vision, skin health and tissue growth - essential for an amphibian which can be prone to neurological issues.
Swell SuperStore Orange Splashback Dart Frog:
- Current Age/Size - 3 cm approx.
- Adult Expected Size - 3 - 4cm
- Habitat - Tropical moist lowland forests of the southern Amazon Basin in Brazil. Terrestrial living.
- Required Enclosure Size - 60 x 45 x 45cm (2-3 frogs)
- UV Lighting - UVI 1-2 (7% ShadeDweller- 25-40cm away)
- Expected Lifespan - 8- 10 years
- Temperature Gradient - 15°C - 26°C
- Humidity Levels - 70% - 80%
- Feeding - Insectivore - live food such as tiny crickets, fruit flies and spring tails.
- Handling - Not For Handling, Amphibious species have extremely sensitive skin, Contact with ours causes damage and discomfort.