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Ranitomeya ventrimaculata (also known as Dendrobates ventrimaculatus, and R. amazonica) is another common thumbnail frog in the US hobby. In the wild, they are found throughout Amazonia (French Guiana, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru), and display a wide variety of colors (most retain the typical striped pattern). Common forms in the hobby include R. ventrimaculata 'French Guiana', R. ventrimaculata 'amazonica', and R. ventrimaculata 'Iquitos'.
Vents share the typical Ranitomeya breeding behaviors with R. imitator, with a few important differences. Ranitomeya ventrimaculata is a much more prolific breeder, with a single female sometimes laying 7-9 eggs at a time. These frogs are also great group breeders, with multiple males and females congregating and breeding together, sometimes resulting to globs of 15 or more eggs, which are typically laid underwater in bromeliads or film canisters. Vents can be very, very prolific breeders, even if left to their own devices. I once housed a pair in a 12x12x18 Exo Terra Glass Terrarium. After a year, I tore the vivarium apart, only to discover 9 adult frogs!
Housing and feeding is virtually identical to Ranitomeya imitator. Vents will appreciate lots of leaf litter to sort through, and the extra springtails it provides. Unlike Imitators, vents tend to be very shy frogs for the most part.
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