Orange Phase P. terribilis Juveniles

Orange Phase P. terribilis Juveniles

One of the really interesting things about dart frogs is the way almost every species has numerous locality variants, called morphs or forms.  A species like D. tinctorius for instance has literally dozens of different color and size variations. Phyllobates species seem to be more limited in their "morphs", and some, such as vittatus don't seem to have any locality forms.  However the Columbian Phyllobates species are more diverse, and bicolor and terribilis both have several recognized locality morphs, and the fact that much of Columbia hasn't been explored very well indicates that more may be coming.  At one point a few years ago, I was talking to a Columbian frog hobbyist who said he had seen blue P. terribilis there!  Anyway, the orange form is one of the most beautiful dart frogs, and as adults, they are huge!   

Besides their bold nature, these frogs have a couple of other characteristics that make them excellent for hobbyists of all levels.  First they are able to eat larger food items. Where the average Cobalt tinctorius or Green and Black auratus will starve to death in front of a cricket that is just a shade too large, these frogs aggressively tackle larger food items, and even use their front feet to stuff food into their mouth. This makes them much easier to feed! These frogs also get along well with most other dart frogs, and make excellent candidates for mixed species tanks. In addition, they generally get along well in groups of their own species.  Just keep in mind that this is a larger frog, and needs some room!

An additional bonus that I often forget to mention is that these frogs are much more robust and less affected by being kept in a larger tank as juveniles.  I often warn customers against putting several juvenile tinctorius in a tank, since almost inevitably at least one doesn't do well while they are growing up.  These terribilis are much more likely to do well from a younger age if raised in a tank in a group of juveniles. 

The toxic nature of the wild version of this frog makes them great conversation pieces as well!  Of course as with all captive bred dart frogs they are completely non toxic, but in the wild one frog could contain enough poisons to kill several people. The stories of the original expedition into the jungles of Columbia that "discovered" these frogs are fascinating, and the scientific team that studied them was stunned by their amazing toxins.  Again, these frogs are completely non toxic in captivity, no traces of poison are to be found in these frogs!

Frogs for sale are large juveniles, a bit over and inch, and have fully colored up.  Already eating up to eighth inch crickets, or anything else that moves too close to them, these little guys are pretty unstoppable! 

We provide a bit more detailed information about this frog on our  Dart Frog Species Profile page for this species, here.
Please do not order dart frogs without becoming familiar with their care. We provide full care instructions on the Dart Frog Care Sheets page, if you are a beginner with dart frogs, please read through this information, and feel free to ask any questions, we are happy to help.
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