Green and Black Poison Arrow Frog care sheet


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.