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Name: Dendrobates auratus 'Ancon Hill'. Commonly called the Green and Black Poison Dart Frog. The species is commonly referred to as '6 Spot auratus' in the United States frog hobby, in reference to a spackling of green dots on a dark brown background. Simply calling the species 'auratus' is fairly common, as well.
Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for 1-2 Dendrobates auratus 'Ancon Hill', but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 glass terrarium for 1-3 frogs. Auratus will not climb as much as other varieties of dart frogs, and prefer a horizontally oriented tank. Ancon Hill auratus seem to appreicate a water feature, such as a small pond.
ABG mix or Josh's Frogs Dart Frog BioBedding in conjunction with our other bioactive layers (false bottom, substrate barrier, sphagnum moss and leaf litter) are great substrate options for your dart frog setup! Both of these mixes support microfauna populations, which help break down waste and mold within the tank.
Want to spice up your enclosure with live plants? Our experts have curated kits of easy-to-care-for and SAFE plants for your dart frogs. Check them out here!
Not sure how to set up a vivarium? Check out this video: Dart Frog Vivarium Set Up - Start to Finish
Temperature (°F): Dendrobates auratus 'Ancon Hill' can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 85 degrees, but prefer temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Temperatures over 85° 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 'Ancon Hill'.
Auratus in particular seem to enjoy a wetter environment and higher ambient humidity levels in comparison to 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 Ancon Hill Auratus are larger, measuring approximately 1 inch. Male Ancon Hill auratus are a bit smaller, averaging about 0.8 inches at maturity.
All of the Dendrobates auratus 'Ancon Hill' froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 5/8 inch long.
Age: Dendrobates auratus 'Ancon Hill' is capable of living well over 20 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 10 years is more common. 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, Ancon Hill auratus poison dart frogs prefer smaller foods. All of the auratus dart frogs Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies.
Adult Dendrobates auratus 'Ancon Hill' 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 read our blog: Feeding Dart Frogs: What, How Often, and How Much?
Sexing: Dendrobates auratus 'Ancon Hill' 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 Ancon Hill auratus that are not sexable unless otherwise noted.
Color/Pattern: A typically green and brown poison dart frog, Dendrobates auratus 'Ancon Hill' has variable colors & patterns. Varying amounts of green (sometimes turquoise) contrast with a brown background.
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 'Ancon Hill' 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 'Ancon Hill' 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 together —for the health of your pets, please avoid mixing!
Breeding: Ancon Hill auratus are very easy to breed. Sometimes they lay eggs frequently, only to go months before laying another clutch.
Like with 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 read our blog: 5 Tips for Breeding Dart Frogs
Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair (male and female).
Natural Range: Dendrobates auratus 'Ancon Hill' is native to Panama, specifically to Ancon Hill. Generally found in humid lowlands, Ancon Hill 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. Ancon Hill auratus were imported in the early 2000s.
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After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.
With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.
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