Dendrobates fantasticus

Origin:  These frogs live in the rainforsts in Peru, in the district San Martin, on the east slopes of the Andes. You can find them between 500 and 800 m.

Related to D. ventrimaculatus and D. reticulatus, is it rather small frog: as an adult frog approximately 16 up to 18 mm large. The head and upper half of the back are coloured oranje, with a couple black spots as 'crown' between the eyes. 

From the back of the adult animals is the hindmost half  black, with an irregular blank/yellow pattern on it. Of these types,  much more alternatives have been found with regard to colour and pattern, which live in Peru on very short distances of each other. Except the colour also the ways of life seem to differ from each other: some kinds live in trees, whereas others occur more on the floor. 
The represented form here below should be, according to the book "Pfeilgiftfrösche"van Rainier Schulte, a tree-living kind.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Male

Female

The difference between the sexes is very difficult to see. Male and female are as big. There is some difference in the figure: the male is a little bit more slender than the female. 

 

Housing + breeding:

I stuck my pair in a terrarium of 30 x 30 x 30 cm. The back consists of cork, In front of it there are pieces of peat piled up diagonally, as result that there are arisen many shelters for the frogs.

On the bottom there is corck, with leaves and mosses on it. Further the well known bromelia...

Between the peat I put some filmboxes a little bit slanting. There is always some water in them.

To the front, there is a waterpart of 4 cm broad and 4 cm deep.

This is not a big terrarium, but I did choose for this one in order to be able to give them enough columbella and to start the breeding. The first year I got them, they were in a terrarium of 50 x 50 x 45 and I had the impression that they grew lean. Because I didn't want to loose them, I have put them in a smaller tank. As soon I have more offspring, I will try a bigger terrarium again.
These (my) frogs are very, very shy, they hide between the plants almost the whole day. I almost never see them!
It seems that there are some breeders that have D. fantasticus that show themselves...

The mating goes just the same like other Dendrobatidea: The female is stimulating the male, the male starts to sing. The sound is like a soft buzzer. Than they look for a place to lay their eggs. They use bromelea's, curled leaves or filmboxes for it. There has to be some water in it.
After a week or so you can take the eggs away to raise them yourself. The tadpoles must be raised separeted and can be fed with Tetra Min.  (Don't take all the layers for your self, let them have layers to practise their care for the tadpoles...)


The tadpoles have to be separated till they transform to frog. Some breeders say that the feeding-eggs from their parents are absolutely needed for raising the tadpoles. I raised the young frog here above only with fishfood from Tetra Min.
As soon as they come to land, their size is almost the size of an adult an they  eat columbella. Also plant-lice and small fruitflies are eaten.

The young animals have at first a colour-pattern that differs from their parents. After about one month they start looking more and more like an adult.