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Defining Characteristics: Great beginner thumbnail | Bright yellow and black coloration | Shy | Easy to breed | Quiet call | Small | Great in Groups
Name: Ranitomeya ventrimaculata 'French Guiana Yellow'. Formerly known as Dendrobates ventrimaculatus, this frog is commonly known as the Amazonian Poison Dart Frog, and simply as 'vents' in the hobby. Recent taxonomic revisions have labeled this species as Ranitomeya amazonica. The species name refers to it's spotted underside.
Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for 2-3 Ranitomeya ventrimaculata, but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 Vivarium for 1-3 frogs. Not sure how to set up a vivarium? Please watch our video on How to Set Up a Vivarium.
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!
Temperature: Ranitomeya ventrimaculata can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 80 F, but prefer temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Temperatures over 85F are dangerous.
Humidity: Like most poison dart frogs, Vents prefer a humidity range of 80 – 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.
Size: Adult female and male R. ventrimaculata are similar in length, measuring in at around an inch. All of the Ranitomeya ventrimaculata 'French Guiana Yellow' froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 3/4” long.
Age: Ranitomeya ventrimaculata 'French Guiana Yellow' is capable of living well over 10 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 5-8 years is more common. All vents for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.
Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, vents prefer smaller foods. All of the thumbnail dart frogs sold by Josh's Frogs will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Ranitomeya ventrimaculata 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.
Color/Pattern: French Guiana Yellow vents are fairly consistent in color and pattern. Exhibiting a yellow and black striped body and blue-gray legs, they are a striking little thumbnaill dart frog! 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.
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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