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Ranitomeya imitator - Mimic Poison Frog-

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Defining Characteristics: Great beginner thumbnail | Bright, yellow/green and black coloration | Bold | Easy to breed | Quiet call | Small | Great in Pairs or Groups

Name: Ranitomeya imitator. Formerly known as Dendrobates imitator, this frog is commonly known as the Mimic Poison Dart Frog due to it's apparent mimickry of thumbnail species that occur sympatrically. Commonly called imis in the hobby, or sometimes standard or nominat imitators. These imitators are a small, spectacularly colored poison dart frog.

Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for 2-3 Ranitomeya imitator, but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 Vivarium for 1-3 frogs. Not sure how to set up a vivarium? Please watch our video on How to Set Up a Vivarium.

Temperature: Ranitomeya imitator can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 80 F, but prefer temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Temperatures over 85F are dangerous.

Humidity: Like most poison dart frogs, imitators prefer a humidity range of 80 – 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.

Size: Adult female and male R. imitator are similar in length, measuring in at around an inch. All of the Ranitomeya imitator froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 3/4” long.

Age: Ranitomeya imitator is capable of living well over 10 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 5-8 years is more common. All imis for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.

Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, imitators prefer smaller foods. All of the thumbnail dart frogs sold by Josh's Frogs will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Ranitomeya imitator 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.

Sexing: Ranitomeya imitator are fairly easy to sex as adults. Females are much wider than males, as they lay eggs frequently. Josh's Frogs sells 2-3 month old juveniles 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: Imitators are fairly consistent in color and pattern. Exhibiting a yellow to greenish yellow body, speckled with black dots or blotches, they are a striking little thumbnaill dart frog! 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.

Social Behavior: Ranitomeya imitator do well housed in groups their entire life as long as enough space is provided. Josh's Frogs recommends approximately 5 gallons per frog. As they reach sexual maturity at 5-8 months of age, the social dynamic in a group of imitator dart frogs may change and females may eat each other's eggs, although most will even breed together in the same film canister! 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.

Breeding: Imitators are one of the easiest poison dart frogs to breed. Best bred in pairs, males call to attract a female to a suitable egg laying site. Then, 2-5 eggs are laid on a smooth surface (often in a film canister or a bromeliad). The eggs hatch into tadpoles, which then take 60-80 days to complete metamorphosis into miniature versions of the adults. Tadpoles will feed on dead fruit flies, the standard frog and tadpole bites/sera micron fare, and even unfertilized eggs if left in with the adults! For more information on breeding and raising poison dart frogs, please visit our How-To Guide on Breeding Poison Dart Frogs.

Natural Range: Ranitomeya imitator is a lowland species from the rainforests of northeastern Peru.

History in the Hobby: Imitators have been around in the hobby for decades.

Links of Interest:
Dendrobates.org - article on Ranitomeya imitator

Imitator Poison Dart Frog - Wikipedia

DendroBase - Ranitomeya imitator

Imitator - IUCN Redlist

Ranitomeya imitator caresheet on Dendroboard

Josh's Frogs Blog on Thumbnail Dart Frogs

Still not sure if Ranitomeya imitator 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. Please respond to our Frog Shipping Email, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive. We'll email back to confirm after checking 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.

Read What Other Are Saying:

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Love my pair. Review by Bobby D
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Elusive at first but once they got comfortable they are now out busy all day long. Great addition to my dendrobate collection. (Posted on 6/10/2014)
Love them so much! Review by Karen
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I just got the four I ordered today and two of them are almost always very visible and the other two while a little shy do come out every now and then. They are so cute and Josh's Frogs is a great company and a pleasure to do business with! (Posted on 2/20/2014)
Love them so much! Review by Karen
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I just got the four I ordered today and two of them are almost always very visible and the other two while a little shy do come out every now and then. They are so cute and Josh's Frogs is a great company and a pleasure to do business with! (Posted on 2/20/2014)
Great thumnail!!! Review by mark
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I bought 4 of these little guys a couple of months ago and were a bit shy for the first week or two but after finding there favorite hides and bromeliads were out most of the day and now are not shy at all!! great dart frog! one of my favorites of 13 frogs I have (Posted on 11/13/2013)
Good Review by Brandon
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I had mine arrive today, really nice color on them. I definitely recommend this frog. (Posted on 5/8/2013)
Untitled Review by Alex Depew
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These little guys are probably the easiest and one of the neatest thumbs that exist. I love imis. (Posted on 3/17/2011)

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