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Name: Dendrobates auratus 'Hawaiian Auratus'. Commonly called the Green and Black Poison Dart Frog. The species is commonly referred to as 'Hawaiian Auratus' 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 'Hawaiian', 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. Hawaiian 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: They 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 'Hawaiian'. 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 Hawaiian Auratus are larger, measuring in at approximately 1.25 inches. Male Hawaiian auratus are a bit smaller, averaging about 1 inch at maturity. All of the Dendrobates auratus 'Hawaiian' froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure at least 5/8” long.
Age: Dendrobates auratus 'Hawaiian' 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 galacs may live 4-6 years. All 'Hawaiian' Auratus for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.
Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, Hawaiian auratus poison dart frogs prefer smaller foods. All of the 'Hawaiian' auratus dart frogs Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Dendrobates auratus 'Hawaiian' 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 'Hawaiian' 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 Hawaiian 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 brown poison dart frog, Dendrobates auratus 'Hawaiian' is not very variable. Varying amounts of brown or bronze constrasts nicely will a bright, forest green. As Hawaiian auratus age, their colors often change a bit as well. The intensity of the green can vary a bit, from a yellowish green to a forest green. The green/brown pattern typically resembles camo, but occasionally a spot or stripe can make itself apparent. On rare occasions, reticulated individuals pop up. 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: These frogs 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 'Hawaiian' 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 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: Hawaiian auratus are very easy to breed. Sometimes they lay eggs 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 'Hawaiian' is not a natural population of dart frog. Introduced from Tobaga Island, Panama in 1932 to control mosquitos and other insect pests, these frogs are now naturalized on Oahu.
History in the Hobby: Many different forms of auratus are present in the hobby, predominantly from Panama. Hawaiian auratus are unique in that they represent a non-native population, and were introduced by various collections from Hawaii, mainly via research exports.
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