Dendrobates auratus 'Highland Bronze'-


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Defining Characteristics: 

  • Great beginner frog
  • Bright green to blue and bronze coloration
  • Moderately bold
  • Very easy to breed
  • Quiet call
  • Large
  • Can be kept in groups


Name: Dendrobates auratus 'Highland Bronze'. Commonly called the Highland Bronze Poison Dart Frog, the Mint dart frog (not to be confused with the mint form of Phyllobates terribilis), or Highland auratus. Simply calling the species 'auratus' is fairly common, as well.


Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Dendrobates auratus 'Highland Bronze', 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. Highland Bronze 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 'Highland Bronze' 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. Based on their reported elevation, one could assume that Highland Bronze auratus would prefer cooler temperatures, but we have not witnessed anything to suggest this in captivity.


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


Age: Dendrobates auratus 'Highland Bronze' 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 auratus may live 4-6 years. All Highland Bronze Auratus for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.


Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, Highland Bronze auratus poison dart frogs prefer smaller foods. All of the Highland Bronze auratus dart frogs Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Dendrobates auratus 'Highland Bronze' 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: Dendrobates auratus 'Highland Bronze' 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 Highland Bronze 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 Highland Bronze poison dart frog, Dendrobates auratus 'Highland Bronze' can be very variable. Varying amounts of black constrasts nicely will a bright green blue, or somewhere inbetween. As Highland Bronze auratus age, their colors often change a bit as well. The intensity of the green or blue can vary a bit. The black pattern typically resembles camo, but occasionally a spot or stripe can make itself apparent. On rare occasions, reticulated individuals pop up. These darker markings generally turn fromo black to gray to a bronze hue in the first 2-3 years of the frogs' life. The transformation is amazing! 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: Dendrobates auratus 'Highland Bronze' 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 'Highland Bronze' 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 (generally limited to egg eating), 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 mixing! Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair.


Breeding: Highland Bronze Auratus are easy to breed. This morph does take a bit to mature, sometimes waiting 2-3 years before breeding. 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.


Natural Range: Dendrobates auratus 'Highland Bronze' is native to Panama, reportedly from the highlands on the east Atlantic Coast, altough this claim has been called into question in recent years. The exact locale of this large form of auratus is unknown.


History in the Hobby: Many different forms of auratus are present in the hobby, predominantly from Panama. Highland Bronze Auratus are unique in their color and pattern changes over their lifespan, and adults are truly striking frogs. Highland Bronze auratus are no longer imported in large numbers. Our animals descend from frogs imported from Germany by Sean Stewart in 1997.


Links of Interest:

Wikipedia entry on Dendrobates auratus

Auratus information on


Still not sure if Dendrobates auratus 'Highland Bronze' 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.

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Shipping for any number of frogs is just $39.99. Frogs are shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight and are delivered by 12:00 pm to most locations, Tuesday through Friday. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependent 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 and follow the instructions below:

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FedEx's website will display the nearest locations where you may pick up your frogs. We'll look up the locations for you when you call to schedule frog shipping. You do not need to check your temperature before ordering frogs - Josh's Frogs will take care of this when contacted about scheduling shipment. Frog orders require contact from our customer prior to being 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 UPS 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, or at (800) 691-8178. Picture(s) of the animal(s) must be sent by 4pm EST day of arrival to 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 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.

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It’s true about them loving water features... Review by Sally
Update: I moved them into their new tank and while they’ve become more flighty in the larger tank(lots of hiding spots!) they are ALWAYS around the water. My male highland is in* the water a good deal of the time as it is shallow enough to sit in. Just thought I’d back up the notes posted for this strain. It’s true about them being more attracted to water than other varieties! (Ps their morphing colors are still just thrilling to see!) (Posted on 1/4/2018)
Just DO IT! Review by Sally
I've had 2 of these guys for a few months now and they are such great frogs. It's true they can be a little flighty, but they aren't perpetual hiders. They don't mind my presence too much and hopefully it'll get even better as they continue to get adjusted. They are very healthy and even their baby colors are just beautiful. One is more of a real turquoise and the other is a silvery blue with their black markings. Truly happy with these guys and would recommend them to anyone. (Posted on 11/8/2017)
Amazing Frogs Review by Brad V.
I ordered 3 of these frogs about 2 weeks ago and boy was I impressed with them when they arrived!! All 3 are very active, alert and very well taken care of. As for their colors and patterning, I now understand why they are called the jewels of the rainforest, all 3 have bold, distinct, and amazing patterns, and the colors are just as stunning! Personality wise, they are not shy at all after they get acclimated to their new homes. Finally customer service wise, Josh's Frogs is top notch!!! I will definitely be purchasing from them in the future!! (Posted on 9/4/2016)
Love Josh's frogs Review by Hoppit
Got 2 of these little guy's a couple weeks ago. Was so upset, thought I lost one. LOL The little bugger has been hiding the whole time! Gorges colors when I do see them. Pretty shy. (Posted on 12/5/2015)
Love Josh's Frogs Review by Hoppit
Got 2 of these 2 weeks ago. thought I lost one. Lol, little guy has been hiding the whole time, Both are very shy, but oh so pretty when I do see them. (Posted on 12/5/2015)
All about the Bronze! Review by CAM
Great color and patterns! Healthy and the juvenile pair is living well together. Growing fast, but still very shy. (Posted on 9/18/2015)
Awesome Review by Adirondack Chinchillas
We love these frogs. Very healthy and happy. I can't wait till they fully mature. They are gorgeous now. I can imagine they will only get better with age. (Posted on 4/5/2015)
great animals Review by mike
I have two of these they are doing well and some strange calls even though they are young
(Posted on 3/23/2014)
A+ Review by Ryan
Beautiful, healthy, & very inquisitive. Colors are exceptional. very pleased with the ammount of activity from them. These are not timid frogs! The coustomer service was exceptional. (Posted on 9/27/2012)

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