Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange' - Golden Poison Dart Frog-


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Defining Characteristics:

  • Great beginner frog
  • Intense orange coloration
  • Bold
  • Easy to breed
  • Loud call
  • Large
  • Can be kept in groups
  • A true Dart Frog


Name: Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange'. Not a true subspecies, Orange terribilis are a unique population/morph/locale of P. terribilisCommonly called the terrible dart frog due to it being the most toxic vertebrate on the planet. An adult wild Phyllobates terribilis is reportably capable of killing 10-15 adult humans (fortunately, like all dart frogs, captive bred animals are completely nontoxic and harmless). Terribilis are also known as the Golden Poison Dart Frog. In the American frog hobby, P. terribilis are ofen called terribilis or simply terribs.


Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange', but Josh's Frogs recommends a 29G or 24x18x18 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: Phyllobates terribilis can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 80 F, but prefer temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Temperatures over 80F are dangerous. Poison Dart Frogs of the genus Phyllobates are notoriously sensitive to warmer temperatures.


Humidity: Like most poison dart frogs, terribs prefer a humidity range of 70 – 100%, but can tolerate humiditydown 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 terribilis are larger, measuring in at approximately 2 inches. Male terribs tend to be a bit smaller, averaging about 1.75 inches at maturity. Size is not always a good indication of sex, however - even when dealing with frogs that are several years old! All of the Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange' froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 3/4” long.


Age: Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange' is capable of living well over 20 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 10 years is more common. All terribs for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.


Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, young terribilis prefer smaller foods. All of the terribilis Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange' will readily consume Drosophila hydei fruit flies, as well as crickets up to 1/2! Terribilis are very unusual in that they are capable of eating much larger prey items than most other poison dart frogs. 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: Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange' is a very difficult dart frog to sex. Often, a frog keeper will know they have at least one male due to a loud, trilling call that starts at 8-10 months of age. Males will often display black stretch marks on their throats, as a result of calling and the subsequent stretching of the skin. Females tend to be larger and bulkier than males, but a frog will often reveal it's sex by laying eggs before sex can be confirmed visually. 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: Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange' are not very variable, and most individuals are virtually identical to each other. When young, orange terriblis come out of the water as a mostly black frog with a yellow/orange U shape on their back. As they age, this U spreads and eventually covers 95% or more of the frog's body, with a bit of black remaining around the nostrils/mouth and toes. 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: Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange' do well housed in groups as long as enough space is provided. Josh's Frogs recommends approximately 10 gallons per frog. As they reach sexual maturity at 18-24 months of age, the social dynamic in a group of Phyllobates terribilis may change. Sometimes adult female terribilis wille eat each other's eggs, resulting in little/no tadpoles being produced. For that reason, many breeders recommend keeping terribilis in pairs as adults. 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: Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange' are easy to breed once they get going, but breeding activity sometimes takes 2-3 years to begin. Generally, eggs are deposited on a smooth broad leaf, or on a petri dish under a cocohut. 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: Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange' naturally occurs along the Pacific coast of Colombia in tropical rainforests with high humidity and annual rainfall. It is estimated that the population of Phyllobates terribilis in the pet trade is several times larger than the wild population at any point in history.


History in the Hobby: The bulk of Phyllobates terribilis present in the United States hobby were imported from Germany in the late 1990s. They are known to have originated in Colombia, but the route the species took before being introduced into the US hobby is merky, at best. Wild caught dart frogs are no longer exported from Colombia.


Links of Interest:

Wikipedia article with basics about the Terrible Dart Frog

Encyclopedia of Life article on Phyllobates terribilis, including range maps and natural history

Amphbiaweb Entry on The Gold Poison Arrow Frog


Still not sure if Phyllobates terribilis 'Orange' 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:

  • 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.

  • Close the filter box and search for locations.


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.

Read What Others Are Saying:

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Healthy and active Review by Louis
I am very happy with having received the P. terribilis "Orange" morph. It was received during Winter and since I live in the Northeast I was a little concerned regarding its shipment. My concern was laid to rest when I received it via FedEx as the animals came well packed, insulated and with a heat emitting packing. The animals are very active and doing excellent in my vivarium and I am looking forward in enjoying them. Thank you for such excellent service! (Posted on 1/22/2019)
Frogs are always healthy. Review by Fanta
No issues with the frogs that I’ve order, healthy all the time. (Posted on 7/2/2018)
Great Frogs! Review by Philip
These are my favorites! To see the growth over the past month is incredable. They arrived healthy and happy with two orange stripes and soon started to develop the full color. The are chubby and a great frog to have! (Posted on 5/31/2017)
awesome Review by Phonesavanh
i plan to buy 3 more in the Spring, (Posted on 1/5/2017)
awesome! Review by fanta
I bought 2, plan to buy 3 more in the spring. (Posted on 1/5/2017)
Awesome frogs Review by Dominic
Awesome and healthy frogs. They grow like hell! (Posted on 6/1/2016)
First Dart Frogs Review by Clifford L
Order 4 of these @ noon yesterday and was able to drive the 20 miles to pick them up @ 3pm they was packed ready to go home with me and they are.healthy and active.will be going with Josh's Frog for here on out (Posted on 5/24/2016)
Lovely frogs Review by RICHARD
Recently got 5 young terribilis, orange. Couldn't be happier with the frogs. Though small they are.healthy and active. Every person I talked to at Josh's was more than helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Can't recommend them enough, and will certainly be back myself. (Posted on 3/31/2016)
The best there is! Review by Gregg
I ordered my 2 terribilis frogs about week ago. They arrived healthy and active. I have other adult frogs in my viv and the terribilis were shy at first, seeking shelter under bark and plants, but within a couple days they were mingling just fine and eating mff like crazy. Josh's Frogs ALWAYS delivers the best! (Posted on 2/27/2016)
purchase with confidence Review by David
ordered a set of 4 recently and they all arrived fat and happy, and immediately set out exploring their new vivarium. They are active hunters and growing well, so make sure you have plenty of fruit flies and microfauna ready for them! (Posted on 2/8/2016)

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