Josh's Frogs

Adelphobates galactonotus 'Red' (Captive Bred)


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About This Product

Defining Characteristics:

  • Unique red and black coloration
  • Great in groups
  • Uncommon
  • Difficult to breed / Seasonal

Name: Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’, A morph of A. galactonotus with distinct red and black colors.

Recommended Enclosure Size & Setup: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’, but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 glass terrarium for 1-3 frogs.

ABG mix or Josh's Frogs Dart Frog BioBedding in conjunction with our other bioactive layers (false bottomsubstrate barriersphagnum 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!

For your convenience, we've also put together a number of dart frog habitat kits for different tank sizes!

Not sure how to set up a vivarium? Check out this video: Dart Frog Vivarium Set Up - Start to Finish

Temperature (°F): They can tolerate a temperature range of 65 to 80 degrees, but prefer temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Temperatures over 85° are dangerous.

Measure temps with a digital thermometer.

Humidity: Like most poison dart frogs, galactonotus 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.

 Measure humidity with a digital hygrometer.

Size: Adult galactonotus can grow to approximately 1.5 inches. Males tend to be a bit smaller, averaging about 1.25 inches at maturity.

All of the Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’ froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure at least 5/8 inch long.

Age: These frogs are 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 most may live 4-6 years.

All galactonotus for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-4 months old.

Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, galactonotus prefer smaller foods. All of the Red galacs Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies.

Adult Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red' 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: Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’ are not sexable until 10-12 months of age. Male Galacs tend to be smaller than females, which often appear both longer and wider.

Josh's Frogs sells 2-4 month old juveniles that are not sexable unless otherwise noted.

For more information on sexing poison dart frogs, please see our blogs: How to Visually Sex Dart Frogs: Part I & How to Visually Sex Dart Frogs: Part II

Color/Pattern: Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’ are mostly red on the top half of their body with black on the bottom half. They can sometimes have spotting of red or black but tend to be more patternless.

Adelphobates galactonotus can come in orange, yellow, red, and blue morphs. 

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: Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’ are great communal frogs. They can be kept in small groups without issue! Galactonotus are not as bold as other dart frogs—they will tend to hide away and be seen less, similar to Dendrobates auratus

 Josh's Frogs strongly recommends against housing different species/morphs of dart frogs together - for the health of your pets, please avoid mixing! 

Breeding: Adelphobates galactonotus are more difficult to breed than other poison dart frogs. They tend to be more seasonal and very dependent on having a wet and dry season. It is recommended to introduce dry seasons by misting your terrarium less and keeping the humidity slightly lower for a few weeks. 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.

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).

For more information on breeding and raising poison dart frogs, please read our blog: 5 Tips for Breeding Dart Frogs

Natural Range: Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’ originate from the rainforests in the southern Amazon Basin in Brazil. Located mostly in the state of Para, they hang out in lowland rainforests near the Amazon.

History in the Hobby: Uncommon in the hobby but desired for the bold coloring that can come in blue, orange, yellow, and red.

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Still not sure if Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’ from Josh's Frogs are the right poison dart frog for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!


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.

If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.

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