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Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green & Black'-

Regular Price: $59.99 | $39.99

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Defining Characteristics: Great beginner frog | Bright green and black coloration | Moderately bold | Very easy to breed | Quiet call | Large | Can be kept in groups

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Name: Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black'. Commonly called the Green and Black Poison Dart Frog, the Mint dart frog (not to be confused with the mint form of Phyllobates terribilis), or the Costa Rican Poison Frog. The species is commonly referred to as 'CR or Costa Rican Auratus' in the United States frog hobby. Simply calling the species 'auratus' is fairly common, as well.

Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black', but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 Vivarium for 1-3 frogs. Auratus will not climb as much as other varieties of dart frogs, and prefer a horizontally oriented tank. Costa Rican auratus seem to appreicate a water feature, such as a small pond. Not sure how to set up a vivarium? Please watch our video on How to Set Up a Vivarium.

Temperature: Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black' can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 85 F, but prefer temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Temperatures over 85F are dangerous.

Costa Rican auratus green and black vivarium

Humidity: Like most poison dart frogs, auratus prefer a humidity range of 70 – 100%, but can tolerate humidity down to 50% for short periods of time if the frogs have access to water. Low humidity levels, especially without access to water, can quickly be fatal to Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black'. Auratus in particular seem to enjoy a wetter environment and higher ambient humidity levels vs other species of poison dart frogs, and will be more active in a more humid environment, especially when provided with a water feature. In the wild, auratus are commonly found in association with streams.

Size: Adult female Costa Rican Auratus are larger, measuring in at approximately 1.5 inches. Male Costa Rican Green and Black auratus are a bit smaller, averaging about 1.25 inches at maturity. All of the Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black' froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately .75-1” long.

Age: Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black' is capable of living well over 20 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 10 years is more common. I had a friend who had a pair of auratus still breeding after keeping them for 27 years, and they were wild caught adults when he received them in the early 1990s! In the wild, it is thought that galacs may live 4-6 years. All Green and Black Auratus for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.

Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, Costa Rican auratus poison dart frogs prefer smaller foods. All of the Green and Black auratus dart frogs Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black' will readily consume Drosophila hydei fruit flies and pinhead crickets. All ages of poison dart frogs will enjoy springtails and isopods. All feeder insects should be dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement. For more information on what poison dart frogs can eat, please visit our How-To Guide on Feeding Poison Dart Frogs.

Dendrobates auratus Costa Rican Green and Black sexed pair

Sexing: Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black' is not sexable until 10-12 months of age, and even at that age visual sexing is very difficult. Male auratus tend to be smaller than females, which often appear both longer and wider. Males also tend to have wider front toe pads and a less defined back arch than females. Josh's Frogs sells 2-3 month old juvenile Costa Rican auratus that are not sexable unless otherwise noted. For more information on sexing poison dart frogs, please visit our How-To Guide on Sexing Poison Dart Frogs.

Color/Pattern: A typically green and black poison dart frog, Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black' is not very variable. Varying amounts of black constrasts nicely will a bright, forest green. As Costa Rican auratus age, their colors often change a bit as well. The intensity of the green can vary a bit, from a yellowish green to a forest green. The green/black pattern typically resembles camo, but occasionally a spot or stripe can make itself apparent. On rare occasions, reticulated individuals pop up. Josh's Frogs does not recommend, support, or endorse line breeding as we believe this leads to weaker captive animals and nature has done a wonderful job of creating an amazing variation in color and pattern of poison dart frogs already.

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Social Behavior: Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black' do well housed in groups their entire life, as long as enough space is provided. Josh's Frogs recommends approximately 10 gallons per frog. As they reach sexual maturity at 10-12 months of age, the social dynamic in a group of Dendrobates auratus may change, and females may eat each other's eggs. Female D. auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black' may fight with each other over a mate. For that reason, many breeders recommend keeping auratus in pairs as adults. In our experience at Josh's Frogs, generally this aggression is minor, and auratus make a great group frog. Josh's Frogs strongly recommends against housing different species/morphs of dart frogs - for the health of your pets, please avoid mxing! Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair.

Dart Frog Frog Chance of Getting a Pair chart

Breeding: Costa Rican Green and Black auratus are very easy to breed. Sometimes they lay egg frequently, only to stop and go months before laying another clutch. Like most Dendrobates, eggs are deposited on a smooth broad leaf, or on a petri dish under a cocohut. Most egg clutches consist of 4-6 eggs. The eggs hatch into tadpoles, which then take 60-80 days to complete metamorphosis into miniature versions of the adults. For more information on breeding and raising poison dart frogs, please visit our How-To Guide on Breeding Poison Dart Frogs.

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Natural Range: Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black' is native to Costa Rica. The exact locale of this large form of green and black auratus is unknown, and it is likely several different populations of green and black frogs exist. Generally found in humid lowlands, Costa Rican auratus seem to thrive in heavy layers of leaf litter, and are often found near streams or creeks.

History in the Hobby: Many different forms of auratus are present in the hobby, predominantly from Panama. Costa Rican Green and Black auratus are unique in that they are the only common morph originating from Costa Rica. Imported in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Costa Rican auratus are no longer imported in large numbers.

Links of Interest:

Costa Rican Green and Black Auratus Care Sheet by Josh's Frogs

Wikipedia entry on Dendrobates auratus

Auratus information on Dendrobates.org

 

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Still not sure if Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green and Black' from Josh's Frogs are the right poison dart frog for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!

Poison Dart Frogs are small, colorful neotropical amphibians native to Central and South America. Poison Dart frogs have greatly increased in popularity in recent years, and have become easy to care for, rewarding pets. Josh's Frogs, the largest breeder of poison dart frogs, breeds all of the poison dart frogs we sell at our breeding facility in Owosso, MI.


Starting out? Please read our introductory article for new frog keepers 'Before You Buy'. This blog addresses everything you need to know before purchasing dart frogs.


For species specific poison dart frog care sheets, please visit the Dart Frog Care Sheets section of www.JoshsFrogs.com.


To view all of the healthy, captive bred frogs we currently have available, please visit our Frogs For Sale page.

Shipping for any number of frogs is just $39.99. Frogs are shipped via Fedex Priority Overnight and are delivered by 10:30am Tuesday through Friday to most locations. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependant on your availability and weather. Josh's Frogs will call you to schedule frog orders before any orders are shipped out, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive, and to check your local weather conditions.


We can ship directly to your address, as long as your local overnight low temperature is above 39F the night of shipping, and your high temperature is below 91F at noon on the day of arrival. If your overnight lows are below 40F but above 29F, Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest Fedex Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your high temperature is over 90F at the guarantee 'delivered by' time (typically 12pm), Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest Fedex Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your overnight low is below 30F, Josh's Frogs retains the right to hold frog shipping until temperatures increase due to safety concerns. We will hold the frogs at our facility for any length of time necessary to ensure that the frogs you order are received in the best of health. This policy is designed with the best interests and health of our animals at heart, 


To find your nearest appropriate Fedex location, click here, then select "Staff Location" and "Hold Package at Location for Pickup" under filters. Enter your zip code, and Fedex's website will display the nearest locations where you may pick up your frogs. We'll look up the locations for you when we call to schedule frog shipping. You do not need to check your temperature before ordering frogs - Josh's Frogs will call you to schedule frog orders before any orders are shipped out, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive, and to check your local weather conditions.


Shipping for any number of frogs is a flat rate $39.99. This includes postage, a box with 1" styrofoam insulation, gel packs, heat/ice packs and/or phase 22 panels if necessary. Josh's Frogs has been shipping frogs since 2004 and has shipped thousands of animals safely. We have a special contract with Fedex to ship live animals directly to residential addresses and guarantee live arrival as long as our Live Arrival Conditions are met.

Josh's Frogs guarantees the Health & Live Arrival of all frogs.


All frog shipments are sent via FedEx Priority Overnight. Josh's Frogs guarantees that all frogs will arrive alive and in good health, provided that temperatures on day of arrival do not exceed 85 degrees before the frogs are delivered to home or business address, or nearest FedEx location. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 40 degrees for delivery to home or business address. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 30 degrees for pickup at the nearest FedEx location. Someone is there to accept the package on first delivery attempt, or package is picked up by noon the day of arrival if package is held at a FedEx location for pickup. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.


If frogs arrive deceased or in poor condition, Josh's Frogs requires that the customer notifies us of the condition of the animal(s) within 1 hour of arrival via email at info@joshsfrogs.com, or at (800) 691-8178. Picture(s) of the animal(s) must be sent by 4pm EST day of arrival to info@joshsfrogs.com. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.


Josh's Frogs offers a 3 day health guarantee on all animals purchased from Josh's Frogs. If animal(s) purchased arrive in good shape but fail to thrive within 3 days, Josh's Frogs requires that pictures of the animal(s) and their habitat is emailed to info@joshsfrogs.com within 3 days of the animal's arrival. When emailing the pictures, please include relavent habitat information, such as average humidity and temperature. A Josh's Frogs representative will then contact the customer and discuss poison dart frog care. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green & Black'

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fantastic frogs Review by Noank Tropicals
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These frogs arrived in great shape-they are very well started and adjusted perfectly to their new home. They are nice and large and eating well. This is a somewhat shyer frog than the bi-colors I bought, but they are starting to come out more. They are just gorgeous! Very healthy (Posted on 8/22/14)
Amazing! Review by Alex
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i bought these frogs from you guys at a reptile expo in the spring, and, they seem very happy. much more active then the dart frogs i have had prior to these, great frog! (Posted on 7/23/14)
Great People. Great Frogs. Review by MSon
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Got 4 of these little guys at the Taylor reptile show today. Purchased a complete setup besides the terrarium and got lots of great info on darts in general. Not to mention a free frog! Love Joshs Frogs. (Posted on 7/12/14)
great Review by dick lenard
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I loved these frogs. so graceful so calm. If you like these you will like munchkins. (Posted on 6/20/14)
foolish Review by kelubb hellen
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frogs frogs frogs frogs frogs are cool i love frogs. (Posted on 6/16/14)
these are amazing little guys! Review by Austin Nehrenberg
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Thank you josh's frogs for my new family additions. Josh, and staff, were kind enough to answer my questions. I would recommend Josh's frogs if you want an amphibian. (Posted on 6/16/14)
Amazing Frogs Review by Austin & Cory
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We recently ordered 2 Costa Rican green and black dart frogs. They are so cute, alert, and healthy. When we have called to ask questions the staff is always friendly and helpful. We look forward to buying more frogs at Josh's Frogs. (Posted on 6/16/14)
amazing frogs Review by AUSTIN
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hi. i lovve my knew piosson ddart frogs. i lovve there grean color. maybe thay wil hav babbis (Posted on 6/16/14)
Fantastic Review by Alex
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Thanks Josh! You guys did an excellent job shipping and my frogs arrived in fantastic condition and were ready to eat right away. Thank you for them, they are great. Josh's will definitely be my first stop when it comes to frogs. Their colors are beautiful! (Posted on 12/19/13)
Great service/great little frogs Review by Roger Williams
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Just received my 5 Costa Rican black and greens and they arrived in good condition. They were only in the Vivarium for an hour and 3 of them are already exploring their new home and eating the numerous springtails in the tank. I have 2 Leucomelas (out of 4) that I purchased back in 2008 from Josh's Frogs that have done excellent. I look forward to watching my 5 new additions grow up and become adults.
When I get another tank set up, Josh's will be my first stop. (Posted on 11/26/13)

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