How Much Does a Poison Dart Frog Cost?
Poison dart frogs, also known as poison arrow frogs, are vibrantly colored animals but are also deadly toxic. A poison dart frog can be as small as an inch or up to two and a half inches, and there are over than a hundred species of poison dart frogs. Each species of the poison dart frog can display a different color, including blue, yellow, red, orange, or green. These bright colors help the frog ward off potential enemies in the wild and can also attract other frogs of its kind. Although the skin of the poison dart frog is the most attractive part, it is also the most dangerous. For example, the golden poison dart frog has enough venom to kill 10 grown men.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the exact species, the costs of a poison dart frog are generally going to be between $35 to as much as $130.
- For instance, the website of JoshsFrog.com has the Dendrobates tinctorius Yellowback for $50. The Dendrobates tinctorius in a cobalt color is sold at the same price. The cheapest poison dart frog is the dendrobates auratus panamanian green and bronze, which is sold for $40. The most expensive frog would be the dendrobates tinctorius azureus wattley line, which is sold at $75.
- BackwaterReptiles.com also sells poison dart frogs. Here, for example, the dendrobates auratus green and black poison dart frog is sold for $49.
- At HerpetoLogic.net, another online pet store, they sell the blue poison dart frog or the Dendrobates tinctorius with a sky blue bloodline for $100 each. The line bred bloodline comes from the azureus without any hint of black marks.
What is going to be included?
- Usually, the poison dart frog is sold and placed in an animal care box if bought online. You will be given documents indicating the blood line of your poison dart frog.
- A poison dart could come in many colors such as black and green with black spots. For example, the strawberry poison dart frog is red in color but has blue legs.
- Poison dart frogs that are bred in captivity will never develop poison. Those that are captured and are kept in captivity will eventually lose their poison. This is due to the diet that they receive and the lack of predators. In the wild, in fact, the poison dart frog that is secluded from insects may never develop poison.
- Common types of poison dart frogs include the Brazil nut, Blue poison, Maranon, Italian, Golden Mantella, Splashback and the three-striped.
- The average lifespan of a poison dart frog is 10 to 20 years.
What are the extra costs?
- If you want to sex the poison dart frog so it could lay eggs, it could cost you more. You would have to pay the vet for the services.
- Other costs include the care for your poison dart frog. The frog will need to be kept in a terrarium or aquarium that measures to be about 12″ long.
- Due to the sensitivity in shipping, most online sellers will want to ship the frog overnight. Most overnight shipping fees will vary anywhere from $20 to $40.
Factors that influence the price:
- Bloodline. The most expensive poison dart frog is the Dendrobates tinctorius that comes from the Azureus bloodline.
Tips to know:
- Buy a spacious tropical terrarium. It should have a water dish, ideally with running water. The terrarium should only house a maximum of four adult frogs.
- Dendrobates tinctorius can be very territorial. You might need to group such species in a male-female pair. Do not cluster them in groups. Always provide extra room.
- Maintain the temperature of the terrarium between 74°F (23°C) and 82°F (28°C) during the day, with a drop down to around 70°F (21°C) during nigh time. In addition, you need to keep its humidity level high. It should be around 70-100%.
- As for the food, they need to have consistent supply of live tiny insects. You could order small feeder insects from pet shops.
How can I save money?
- Look around. Check various websites. There are a lot of people that sell poison dart frogs. While you do not want to buy the cheapest, you want to make sure that you are purchasing from a reputable dealer.