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Housing: a glass terrarium of at least 450x450x300mm
Heating: ambient air temperature of 75-80oF
Diet: carnivorous diet of insects and meat
Decoration: damp substrate to raise humidity levels
Green and black poison arrow frogs do well with a glass terrarium as their enclosure. This is because glass is great at allowing heat to escape ensuring that the enclosure stays cool enough. Other enclosures such as wooden vivariums are far too efficient at retaining heat.
The green and black poison arrow frog's vivarium should be at least 450mm in length and 300mm in height. The green and black poison arrow frog is going to grow to around 1-2" so they need a space large enough for them to move around in.
Green and black poison arrow frogs require a near constant air temperature of 75oF. This is best achieved by sticking a heatmat on one side of the glass enclosure. This heatmat is regulated using a thermostat to make sure the temperature stays constant.
As the glass is only being heated on one side this also creates a small temperature gradient within the enclosure allowing the frog to warm itself up or move away to cool down.
If the enclosure is not able to get up to temperature with the heat mat alone a small basking bulb may be implemented in the canopy as long as the temperatures do not exceed 75-80oF.
Green and black poison arrow frogs are terrestrial frogs but still need to be kept moist. The best way of doing this is by lining the floor with a mixture of bark chips and damp moss, the substrate can be taken out and resoaked or replaced as necessary.
The frogs vivarium can be decorated with artificial plants for a more natural look. Natural wood ornaments look very effective and also provide further perches for the frogs. Trailing plants are very good at disguising electrical wires and equipment, as well as providing cover for young amphibians.
Green and black poison arrow frogs are insect hunters. These Frogs will not eat anything bigger than their mouth. Live insects like micro Crickets and Fruit Flys are particularly nutritious. Your pet deserves the best foods possible so look after your live foods.
Keep your crickets fresh, plump and full of vitamins by feeding them with Bug Grub and fresh vegetation. Remember, your green and black poison arrow frog also eats whatever is in your live food's stomach. Also, don't allow your live food to dehydrate, you don't want to give your animals dried up half dead insects for dinner! Hydrate them with Bug Gel to keep them alive longer and mouth wateringly juicy. Care for your live food in their own enclosure, such as a Cricket Keeper.
Live foods should be coated in a vitamin and mineral supplement such as Nutrobal to ensure the green and black poison arrow frog is getting the best nutrition possible. Water should always be made available to the green and black poison arrow frog by using a water bowl or a water feature and checked daily to ensure freshness.
To provide the green and black poison arrow frog with optimal nutrition and to keep them in the best of health, they will require diet supplementaion in the form of calcium, vitamins and minerals. These are most commonly available as powders
Any livefood for the frog should be 'gut-loaded' with an insect food. This basically involves feeding the livefood a nutrient rich diet before they are fed to the green and black poison arrow frog. Our livefood is delivered to you already gut-loaded but this should be continued at home.
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