Dendrobates auratus 'Turquoise & Bronze'-


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Defining Characteristics:

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


Name: Dendrobates auratus 'Turquoise and Bronze'. Commonly called the Green and Black Poison Dart Frog. The species is commonly referred to as 'Turquoise and Bronze' 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 'Turquoise and 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. Turquoise and 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 'Turquoise and 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.


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


Age: Dendrobates auratus 'Turquoise and 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 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, Turquoise and Bronze 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 'Turquoise and 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 'Turquoise and 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 Turquoise and 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 green and bronze poison dart frog, Dendrobates auratus 'Turquoise and Bronze' is very variable. Varying amounts of black ot brown to bronze constrasts nicely will a bright, forest green, blue, turquoise, or somewhere inbetween. As Turquoise and Bronze auratus age, their colors often change a bit as well. The intensity of the green can vary a bit. The green/black pattern typically resembles camo, but occasionally a spot or stripe can make itself apparent. 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 'Turquoise and 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 'Turquoise and 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, 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.


Breeding: Turquoise and Bronze 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.


Natural Range: Dendrobates auratus 'Turquoise and Bronze' is native to Panama. Generally found in humid lowlands, Turquoise and Bronze 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. Turquoise and Bronze auratus were introduced into the US hobby in the early/mid 2000s. This may very well be the same population as 'El Cope', as it appears to share coloration, pattern, size, behavior, breeding characteristics, etc. As there is no way to know for certain, the two morphs should be kept separately.


Links of Interest:

Auratus Care Sheet by Josh's Frogs

Wikipedia entry on Dendrobates auratus

Auratus information on


Still not sure if Dendrobates auratus 'Turquoise and 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.

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

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 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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Nice color Review by Alison
He so stinking cute (Posted on 8/22/2017)
Great quality, vibrant, amazing! Review by Peter
I received 5 of these little guys about 8 weeks ago and the transaction couldn't have gone better. They ate in great health, growing, adventurous, and eating like crazy! Thank you all so much. (Posted on 2/16/2016)
Can't not believe how great Review by Monica
These guys can be!!! I have had them now for about 2 Months so they are about 4 Months old.
But they have bought so much joy into my life not only was I lucky enough to have green and blue ones they also have been growing like weeds.
So far 2 have been not shy to be jumping around their home. One I call Magneto fearless :) (Posted on 12/7/2015)
Felt has they were hand pick just for me! Review by Monica N.
There is no words I can say more then wonderful, amazing. awesome, and outstanding customer services I get very single time when dealing with Josh's Frogs even if it's an email, telephone call or just place an order they take pride in what they do. I was having issue picking out my first babies dart frogs but all my email were answer with good information because they truly care in not only their Frogs but in the homes they are going to.

Being a Nana of 4 great gran kids I inform Josh's Frogs of my issue I had with my 2 oldest kids since it has been the last 6 months they been working with me to enjoy Mother's Nature and respect it. It's been 2 days and the froggy are doing great I had sent pictures to the gran kids they are super excited. I feel at any times I contact Josh's Frogs it's calling FAMILY!!!!
Thank you all and LINDSY your are fantastic

PS: I did get the sticks I put them with the note so when the gran kids come over they can read the sweet note from Thomas and the sticks you had sent them :) very sweet touch from all you.

Thanks again Monica N. (Posted on 10/29/2015)
Great Frogs! Review by Lilypad
Shipping was very prompt! I purchased 2 of these frogs on a Friday and they were shipped overnight Monday to Tuesday. They arrived well packaged and in great condition. They both have nice round bellies and were obviously well cared for. I would definitely purchase frogs from Josh's again. I've had great luck with their plants, fruit flies, and other products, and now another great experience with their frogs. Thanks!
(Posted on 6/2/2015)
Awesome little frog!! Review by Rex and Lesli
We got "Barry" a month ago, he is growing like a weed. He was shy the first couple days, but that was it! He is ALWAYS waiting for his FF.
He is becoming bolder each day, and more beautiful. He is a very nice shade of turquoise and is well patterned with the bronze. His belly shows a "bikini" pattern in bronze also.
He came out to eat the first time we fed him in his vivarium, and he knows exactly where the feeding station is and is waiting there every morning as soon as the lights come on!!
We have purchased frogs from a private breeder in our area before we found Josh's Frog's, and Josh's Frog's beats them hands down!! The froglets are much less fearful then our others, (D.Azureus, and Leucs.) From this point forward, we will only buy from Josh's Frogs!! (Posted on 11/17/2014)
it's all good Review by Steven
2 beautiful and healthy looking Dendro-auratus arived with in 24 hrs....doing fine... (Posted on 10/26/2014)
healthy and beautiful Review by Chance
they were healthy and bold and eating right away when i got them! (Posted on 8/25/2014)
great shipping & packaging. incredible frogs Review by matt
I bought two of these turquoise and bronze arautus to group with the two I had. My original pair is more blue where these are truly turquoise. Grewt contrast and patterns. They showed up healthy with decent size to them. Highly recommend josh's frogs (Posted on 7/3/2014)
Excellent frogs! Review by TallonD
I just ordered 5 of these little guys for my first ever PDF vivarium. All 5 arrived healthy, active, and very bold. Had them about 2 weeks and they seem to have learned that when the front doors open, food appears, and they scamper out to be seen. These guys are really the highlight of my home zoo now, and everyone that sees them loves. Absolutely great purchase experience! (Posted on 5/22/2014)

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