Ranitomeya sirensis "Red" Trio

Ranitomeya sirensis "Red" Trio

Ranitomeya sirensis "Red" is most likely a form or locality of Panguana.  The nomenclature and taxonomy of this species group is more than a little confused(or at least amongst hobbyists it is), as it was once referred to in the hobby as R. lamasi, but now is officially considered sirensis.  Several localities are known, and one, the Panguana, is made up of numerous small populations ranging from orange to red, yellow to green.

In the past there was a form of "lamasi" in the US hobby that was called "Panguana" lamasi, but this in no way reflected the diversity of this frog, but referred to a fairly unremarkable yellowish orange frog.  At other times there have been small numbers of these "Red" lamasi in the US, but over time they apparently were mixed with other forms of Panguana, and one way or another they were lost.  Frogs of this locality are a shade of red that is not really seen in any other frogs in the hobby, it is an intense deep red.  I've tracked down several hobbyists who talked about having these frogs in the past, including one hobbyist who is still working with the old bloodline.  The odd thing about them is that they seem to rely on ingesting pigment for much of their color, so presumably this might just be a locality that would otherwise be orange, but some insect or arthropod that they are able to prey on in their habitat facilitates the red coloration as the frogs mature.   

So, that is the issue with these frogs, they are orange or yellow as juveniles, and can take a couple of years to develop the red coloration.  And, this will require supplementation with some sort of pigment enhancing supplement!  When I first got my frogs, I was shown some amazing photos of the adults that produced them, but was warned that they would take a "couple of years" to show their red coloration.  However I didn't get the memo that they needed supplementation to develop the coloration, so I did not use color enhancing supplements on them as they started to breed.  After talking to a few people I figured out that I needed to give them some supplements, however the color didn't develop immediately.  

I've finally started to see some frogs showing the red coloration that I was hoping for, so I'm going to start releasing some young adults. (Pictured frog is one such frog, it is starting to turn to red but by no means as deep red as the photos I've seen)  

So, I'm offering sexed trios, young adults that are still yellow.  I make no promises, but I think if you supplement with something like Repashy Super Pig, they will turn red over the course of a few months to a year.  Please feel free to contact me for more information on my research and contact info for some of the other hobbyists who have kept this frog in the past. 

The frogs are easy to keep, and breed readily, so considering that they are basically ready to breed, and once you get them started, they are pretty prolific, they should be a fun addition to your collection regardless of what color they turn out. 

Offering is for a sexed trio, two males and one female, based on body size and shape. 

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