South American Bird Poop Frog - Hyla marmorata (Captive Bred)-


Quantity Available: 28

Defining Characteristics: 

  • Great Beginner Frog
  • Light to dark grey mottling with Bright yellow on the underbelly and legs
  • Somewhat Shy
  • 1.5”-2”
  • Low Short Trill
  • Good in Groups


Name: Dendropsophus marmoratus aka Hyla marmorata. Named for its resemblence to bird droppings the South American Bird Poop Frog is also known as the Marbled Tree Frog. Scientifically, they were known as Hyla marmorata until recently. 


Recommended Vivarium Size: These frogs should be kept in at least an 18x18x18 front opening tanks or 20 gallon enclosure but would appreciate more vertical space. Newly morphed froglets can be kept temporarily in 12x12x18 front opening tanks or a 10 gallon. Keeping these frogs bioactively can be accomplished using Josh's Frogs' Biobedding with a healthy layer of leaf litter. Vivariums should be heavily planted with plants with leaves for perching and hiding in. Branches or should also be supplied to increase overall climbing surfaces for the frogs. A clean dish of clean water should also be provided for the frogs to soak in.


Temperature: Between 72° and 78° degrees. In general, room temperatures are going to be fine. Do not let your bird poop frogs get over 85F.


Humidity: 50-70% A large water bowl and frequent misting will help you keep the humidity up. In some situations it may be necessary to block part of the screen top of the enclosure to increase humidity.


Size: Bird Poop frogs are sexually dimorphic like many other frogs where the females are larger than the males. Males hover around the 1.5” range and Females can reach almost 2”. When these frogs are sold they will be at least 5/8" and eating 1/4" crickets


Age:  Bird Poop frogs can live for 5-8 years but may live longer in captivity with ideal care. At the time of sale bird poop frogs will be at least 2 months old


Feeding:  Bird Poop frogs can be fed crickets of varying sizes their whole lives up to ½” for adults. At time of sale baby Bird Poop frogs will be eating 1/4" crickets.


Sexing: Female South American Bird Poop Frogs are visually more rotund than males. Males are a bit smaller, and mature males will have wrinkles on their throat, as it stretched out from calling. If you can catch them calling this is a sure fire way to tell males from females.


Color/Pattern: Bird Poop frogs are a marbled light to dark grey occasionally being brown. Their bellies are mostly light grey to white with black spots and yellow or orange near their vents and legs.


Social Behavior:  Bird Poop frogs will compete for mates but will live fairly peacefully with other  Bird Poop frogs. These frogs do great in groups.


Breeding: Male Bird Poop frogs will call to attract females during the rainy season and after amplexus females will deposit eggs on the surface of the water. In captivity this can be simulated using a rain chamber. Females can lay up to 1,000 eggs at a time which will hatch over the course of a few days. Tadpoles develop over the course of about 2 months and can take up to 3 to 4 for the whole clutch to metamorphose. 


Tadpoles: Tadpoles should be kept in an aquarium with tannin rich water that has been cycled. Tadpoles will readily eat a variety of fish food and Josh’s frogs Tree frog tadpole food. Sponge filters should be placed in the tank and no more than 50% of the water replaced during water changes.


Natural Range: This species occurs in southern Venezuela, the Guianas, and the Amazon basin in Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. (IUCN red list)


Links of Interest:



Dendropsophus calling

IUCN Red List

Not sure how to care for South American Bird Poop Frogs? Check out our Care Sheet!

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 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 and follow the instructions below:

  • Enter your zip code in the top search box.

  • Click the Filter button.

  • Check Staffed Location.

  • Expand Additional services, and check the Hold package at location for pickup box.

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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.