Beautiful, Tame and Not at All Poisonous: the Poison Dart Frog

The poison dart frog or poison dart frog is the smallest of its kind. It is diurnal, very trusting, and does not need much space. The tiny thing does not attach the slightest importance to camouflage so that you can observe it well in the terrarium. Incidentally, it loses its toxicity in human care. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t do without wearing rubber gloves when handling the little poisonous dwarf.

Keeping the Poison Dart Frog in Pairs in a Small Terrarium

With a maximum size of two to four centimeters, the poison dart frog remains quite small for a lifetime. You can therefore keep it well in a terrarium with a base area of ​​50 x 50 centimeters and a height of one meter. Since many of the dwarf frogs are very territorial, they should not be kept in groups. In a small terrarium, you should keep the tree climbers as a pair and give them the opportunity to avoid each other outside of the breeding season.

Tropical Climate and Retreats for the Poison Dart Frog

Because the frogs all come from the tropical rainforests, the terrarium must have a warm, humid climate. You can create this tropical climate for her in the glass terrarium with ventilation, gauze cover, and waterproof floor. A five-centimeter high bowl is sufficient for the water. Soil elements can be roots, pieces of cork, and clay pipes or caves. Java moss bobbed hair, and bromeliad looks pretty and should not be missing in the terrarium.

The Poison Dart Frog Loves Vitamin-Rich Live Food

Like all frogs, the small poisonous dwarfs want to hunt their food alive. According to their own size, the poison dart frogs look for tiny insects. They like Drosophila, the fruit fly, just like any other millimeter-sized insect. Since the mini frogs depend on sufficient vitamins and minerals in their food, you should also dust the feed animals regularly with vitamin and mineral powder.

Chirping, Humming, Croaking – the Poison Dart Frog Hits Many Tones

By the way: During the breeding season – depending on the species – you can hear your tree climbers chirping, humming, or croaking and watch how the male vies for his female and encourages her to lay eggs. With a little luck, you will discover the tiny tadpoles at the watering hole or on a leaf axil of the bromeliads, in which eggs are also often laid, i.e. spawned.


The poison dart frog is a strictly protected species. You should therefore only buy it from the breeder and with valid CITES papers.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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