This is a very active treefrog species, and resilient in regards to temperature. As young frogs, a staple of fruit flies suffices, but adult frogs require something more substantive such as 1/2 crickets. They can consume rather large prey for their size. Breeding males will often start calling in the early evening, and call past midnight from marginal plants and the few inches of glass just above the waterline. The leaves of Philodendron verrucosum are a favorite sleeping place and […]
This habitat was right off a big road going through Santa Isabel, and we could hear the calling as we drove past. Chickens and dogs were all over, and we wondered if the chickens were eating the frogs. A small seepage area trickled through here, and some dense shrubs and scrub trees made up most of the plantlife. The ground was somewhat sandy, and on the side of a hill. Here is the exact same location circa 1994, somehow miraculously […]
This frog was found alongside a road in Mindo, on the way to the Cascadas Mindo. These were heard calling by a small ditch covered in corrugated aluminium, and further down the road by a stream. Some of the habitat where they were found.
There are experiences that etch deep marks in your life, we all have them, we all look back and feel amazed at how far and fast we have travelled since. When it comes to my life as a dartfrog enthusiast, I have been fortunate to have had many such experiences. While not the earliest, Oophaga arborea (Dendrobates arboreus as it was known as at the time) left some of the greatest impressions on me. It has been over 30 years […]