Dendrobates auratus "Costa Rican Green and Black"

This is the frog I would recommend for anyone who just wants one D. auratus form. They are great beginner frogs, and their bright color and bold temperament make them a great terrarium animal. My animals are descendants of two pairs of wild caught frogs collected in the late eighties. True Costa Rican auratus are not that common these days, and you should make sure to take care not to cross these to other forms of D. auratus.

Photo by Deep Green Photography

none Costa Rica
Terrarium Preferences
Upper seventies to low eighties High Terrestrial frogs, but will climb.
Visibility in the tank
Groups of these compatible
Up to about 1.75 inches Quite bold and active Yes, do well in groups as long as they are not overcrowded. Keep up to two to a ten gallon, three to four to a twenty tall or five or six to a forty gallon tank.
Experience Level
Compatible with other species?
Beginner Yes, should be ok with other species if not crowded
Breeding :
Status in Hobby
While best results will probably be achieved in pairs, this frog often can be bred very well in groups. Using a group setting to sex them is also helpful. Set up a group, and allow them to pair off with each other. Separate pairs if desired, or if breeding is not successful. This particular form of D. auratus is not all that common in the hobby, especially in relation to the many other forms available. Be careful not to breed these to other forms. If you consult the morph guide at Tropical Experience, you will see that there are many different forms, both in Costa Rica and Panama (some exist in Nicaragua as well). The origins of many of the frogs in the US hobby are not all that clear, so the most important thing to do before breeding two auratus together is to take a close look at them, and make sure they are apparently the same locality.
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