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This is a discussion on Blue Jeans Poison Dart Frog within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; Originally Posted by PrismaColorz Cool flicks! I have always wanted some poison dart frogs!! I ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrismaColorz View Post
    Cool flicks! I have always wanted some poison dart frogs!! I saw them one year at the Missouri Botanical Garden. I did not know that they are only poisonous because of their food. What is the food they eat in the wild, that makes them poisonous?...poisonous fruit flys??..HeHe.. just jokin. I am serious about my question.... thanks for the post!
    Camille,
    poison dart frogs, like these so called Strawberry Frogs, get their toxicity (alkaloids) from ants and mites they eat in nature. I have read that ants synthesize these alkaloids themselves or acquire them from the plants on which they feed.
    Poison dart frogs are capable of storing these toxic substances in the glands on the skin without being harmed. The fruit flies I feed (Drosophila sp.) are not toxic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paph View Post
    Thank you Peter so much for posting these wonderful frogs, they are really lovely.
    Recently I visited at an exhibition of exotic animals and I saw many similar frogs such as yours. I'm thinking about having Theloderma corticale, Vietnamese mossy frog in my orchidarium.
    Tell me please - what did you mean with: this species practises a unique kind of parental care...

    After mating, the female lays some eggs on a leaf. The male keeps the eggs hydrated, by watering them regulary. After hatching (about 10 days later) the female transports the tadpoles on her back to a water-filled Bromelia. This is why I have Bromelias in the terrarium. I could see this transport myself once. Bromelias have several water holes. Tadpoles are deposited singly into each water hole on the Bromelia. The female comes to each tadpole every few days and deposites unfertilized food eggs.
    After some weeks the tadpole will metamorphose. The new young frog is at the beginning of dark brown colour and he / she lives on the ground. After some months they get their red Strawberry- colour.
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    Hi all, and hi Paph,
    I used to own these frogs as well, back in Belgium.
    The parental care is obvious in the latin name, which is a pretty recent change. Oophaga means egg eaters.
    When a female lays an egg in the residual water inside the bromeliad leaves, they go back to feed the tadpole with unfertilized eggs. Now and then she will lay an unfertilized egg inside the small pond and this is the only food the tadpole takes untill its mature.
    They are rather difficult to breed, because of this fact and they breed rather slowly as well.
    But they are true gems, lovely animals to have.
    And I didn't have a wife at that time, so I could grow all the flies I wanted, nobody ever complained... lol
    Kind regards,
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    Thanks guys for plenty of new informations, interesting read, indeed.

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    Wouter,
    tadpole- feeding was discovered in 1980 by Prof. Peter Weygoldt, Freiburg University. I leave nearby, so I have a special relationship to these frogs....

    I had 1- 4 offsprings a year. This is not much compared with other Dendrobatidae.
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    There poison food source in the wild, has not been pinpointed? That makes them ever cooler!

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