Dart frogs make great pets for frog lovers who want something a little more active and engaging than the average pet. They come in a variety of colors and are small enough to be housed in tanks that don’t take up too much space. It’s no surprise that the demand to acquire them is growing day by day.
With new admirers joining the fray, a lot of them don’t know the right channels to get these little gremlins. This elongates their wait to get one of these pets. Today, I want to help with that.
For purchasing a healthy dart frog, you have options like an online shop, local breeders, or a private breeder shop online. Among all these best is the private breeder shop that sells online. Those with high reputations will ensure quality service in the process of buying dart bike frogs.
In this blog post, I will show you the nooks and corners of where to buy dart bike frogs and also what they cost. So, stay tuned!
Where to buy dart frogs?
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On a broad scale, you can buy dart frogs from different places which are online pet/ local pet shops and private breeders online/offline. I’ll explain both measures in detail…
1. Online/ Local pet shop
There are many online shops that have a good reputation. You can get your dart frog just by checking the reviews. Online/local pet shops will offer you a comparatively lower price so check the frog or take enough information about the frog’s health.
2. Private breeder
Private breeders are available offline and online. And they charge a bit higher price but there’s a high chance you will get a top-notch healthy dart frog for you.
If you don’t care about spending dollars for the best service then these are excellent options.
How is the cost of a dart frog determined?
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The cost of a dart frog depends on three factors: the species of the frog, the rarity of the frog, and the shipping cost. These 3 things together add up at the final cost.
You can get a poison dart frog from $65 up to $999. The huge variation in price can occur due to the high demand, rare color, or rare breed of the particular dart frog species.
Finally, the shipping cost is also there which may vary from $35-$150 depending upon your location in the USA.
Poison dart frog breeders in the USA
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As a frog lover, you want to have a healthy dart frog as your pet. The best way you can do that is to order from the top-notch breeders that have become pioneers in this market.
Let’s explore a few market-dominating breeders and the desert frogs price…
1. Josh’s frogs
This is one of the well-reputed farms that has its own website where they showcase their dart frogs for sale.
This organization started its journey back in 2004 and contributes to the frog & reptile owners community a lot.
Let’s see how much poison dart frogs cost in their price list…
|Frog Species Name||Price ( approx.)|
|Blue Poison Dart Frog ( Dendrobates tinctorius ‘ Azureus’ )||$44.99 up to $49.99|
|Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog ( Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Vanessa’ )||$79.99|
|Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog ( Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Boulanger’ )||$49.99|
|Dyeing Poison Arrow||$44.99 up to $49.99|
|Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog ( Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Alapadu Cobalt’ ALBINO)||$59.99 up to $64.99|
|Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog ( Dendrobates ‘Cobalt‘ )||$44.99-$49.99|
|Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog ( Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Powder Grey’||$44.99 up to $49.99|
|Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog ( Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Oyapok’ )||$64.99|
|Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog ( Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Brazilian YellowHead’ )||$49.99|
|Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog ( Dendrobates tinctorius ‘True Sipaliwini )||$49.99|
|Blue and Black Poison Dart Frog ( Dendrobates auratus ‘Panamanian Blue & Black’ )||$49.99|
|Green and Black ( Dendrobates auratus ‘Costa Rican Green & Black)||$49.99|
|Green and Black Poison Dart Frog ( Dendrobates auratus ‘Pena Blanca’ )||$69.99|
|Dendrobates auratus ‘Super Blue’||$69.99|
|Green and Black Poison Dart Frog ( Dendrobates auratus ‘Colombian Yellow/Capurgana’ )||$79.99|
|Yellow-striped Poison Frog ( Dendrobates truncatus ‘Yellow’ )||$49.99|
|Bumble Bee Dart Frog ( Dendrobates leucomelas )||$54.99|
|Bumble Bee Dart Frog ( Dendrobates leucomelas ‘Fine Spot’ )||$79.99|
|Bumble Bee Dart Frog ( Dendrobates leucomelas ‘Kahn Line’||$49.99|
|Bumble Bee Dart Frog ( Dendrobates leucomelas ‘British Guyana’ )||$54.99|
|Bumble Bee Dart Frog ( Dendrobates leucomelas ‘1996 Import’ )||$54.99|
|Phantasmal Poison Dart Frog ( Epipedobates anthonyi ‘Santa Isabel’ -Adult )||$49.99|
|Phantasmal Poison Dart Frog ( Epipedomates anothonyi ‘ Santa Isabel’ )||$59.99|
|Phantasmal Poison Dart Frog ( Epipedomates tricolor ‘Cielito’ )||$74.99|
|Three Striped Poison Arrow Frog ( Ameerga trivatatta ‘Orange’)||$79.99|
|Phantasmal Poison Dart Frog ( Epipedobates anthonyi ‘Zarayunga’ )||$49.99|
|Golden Poison Dart Frog ( Phyllobates terribilis ‘Mint’ )||$79.99-$84.99|
|Golden Poison Dart Frog ( Phyllobates terribilis ‘Orange Black Foot’)||$99.99|
|Golden Poison Dart Frog ( Phyllobates terribilis ‘Orange’ )||$79.99|
|Golfodulcean Poison Arrow Frog ( Phyllobates vittatus )||$34.99|
|Golden Poison Dart Frog ( Phyllobates terribilis ‘Yellow’ )||$79.99|
|Bamboo Poison Frog ( Ranitomeya sirensis ‘Biolat’ )||$49.99|
|Amazonian Poison Frog ( Ranitomeya amazonica ‘Iquitos’ )||$99.99|
|Amazonian Poison Frog ( Ranitomeya ventrimaculata ‘Arena’ )||$74.99|
|Amazonian Poison Frog ( Ranitomeya ventrimaculata ‘French Guiana Yellow’ )||$74.99|
|Mimic Poison Frog ( Ranitomeya imitator ‘Chatuza’ )||$74.99|
|Mimic Poison Dart Frog ( Ranitomeya imitator ‘Varadero )||$74.99|
|Mimic Poison Frog ( Ranitomeya imitator ‘Tarapota’ )||$74.99|
|Brazilian Poison Frog ( Ranitomeya vanzolinii )||$59.99|
|Pasco Poison Frog ( Ranitomeya sirensis ‘Highland’ )||$124.99|
2. Dartfrog Connection
This online shop is the best place for dart frog lovers. Among all the online frog sellers, the Dartfrog Connection has the largest and most exotic collection of poison dart frog.
You will become tired of watching their long list.
Since 2013, they are delivering quality service to their customers and providing them with good quality dart frogs.
Below is their dart frog price chart…
|Frog Species Name||Price|
|Adelphobates Galactonotus Moonshine||$999.99|
|Adelphobates Galactonotus Solid Orange||$124.99|
|Adelphobates Galactonotus Blue||$224.99|
|Adelphobates Galactonotus Yellow||$59.99|
|Adelphobates Galactonotus Red||$79.99|
|Ameerega Bassleri Black||$59.99|
|Ameerega Bassleri Sisa||$69.99|
|Ameerega Pepperi Abiseo||$99.99|
|Ameerega Trivitatta Huallaga Valley||$99.99|
|Ameerega Trivitatta Red||$79.99|
|Ranitomeya Sirensis Biolat||$49.99|
|Ranitomeya Sirensis Green||$59.99|
|Ranitomeya Sirensis Highland||$199.99|
|Ranitomeya Sirensis Orange||$49.99|
|Ranitomeya Imitator Chazuta||$69.99|
|Ranitomeya Imitator Nominant||$79.99|
|Ranitomeya Fantastica Lowland||$124.99|
|Ranitomeya Vanzolini Nominant||$69.99|
|Ranitomeya Amazonica Blue Leg||$39.99|
|Phyllobates Terribilis Orange||$79.99|
|Phyllobates Terribilis Mint||$99.99|
|Phyllobates Terribilis Yellow||$79.99|
|Phyllobates Bicolor Orange||$119.99|
|Phyllobates Bicolor Uraba||$99.99|
|Phyllobates Bicolor Black Leg||$39.99|
|Phyllobates Vittatus Nominant||$39.99|
|Epipedobates Tricolor Highland||$69.99|
|Epipedobates Tricolor Morospunga||$59.99|
|Epipedobates Tricolor Rio||$59.99|
|Epipedobates Anthonyi Rio Saladillo||$49.99|
|Epipedobates Antohonyi Santa Isabel||$39.99|
|Epipedobates Anthonyi Ankas||$69.99|
|Oophaga Granulifera Quepos||$299.99|
|Oophaga Histrionica RedHead Large Form||$1199.99|
|Oophaga Histrionica Anchicaya||$749.99|
|Oophaga Histrionica Bullseye Orange||$499.99|
|Oophaga Histrionica Tado||$599.99|
|Oophaga Lehmanni Red||$849.99|
|Oophaga Lehmanni Yellow||$1499.99|
|Oophaga Pumilio Rambala||$124.99|
|Oophaga Pumilio Escudo||$274.99|
|Oophaga Pumilio Punta Laurel||$399.99|
|Oophaga Sylvatica Puerto Quito||$499.99|
3. Snake at sunset
With more than 15 years of experience, the Snake at sunset has been a great breeder that provides service to amphibians & reptiles lovers.
You can get a good deal from here. They get out of stock really fast due to their high demand. Have a look at their dart frog’s price range…
|Frog Species Name||Price|
|Bumblebee Dart Frog ( Dendrobates Leucomela )||$79.99|
|Strawberry Dart Frog ( Oophaga Pumilio)||$69.99|
|Blue Azureus Dart Frog (Dendrobates Azureus )||$69.99|
|Pena Blanca ( Dendrobates auratus )||$89.99|
|Ei Oro ( Dendrobates auratus )||$79.99|
|ALBINO Dart Frog ( Dendrobates auratus )||$184.99|
4. Morph Market
Another great marketplace for dart frog enthusiasts. You can find 5000+ breeders who are selling their frogs.
To get a well-priced dart frog you can have a look at their website.
|Frog Species Name||Price|
|Yellow Sipaliwini Tinctorius Dart Frog||$75.00|
|Highland Bronze Auratus Dart Frog||$50.00|
|Bumble Bee Poison Dart Frog||$80.00|
|Ranitomeya Sirensis Rio Pachitea Yellow||$90.00|
|Oophaga Pumilio Rambala||$125.00|
|Phyllobates Terribilis Mint||$85.00|
|Powder Blue Dart Frog||$65.00|
|Strawberry Poison Dart Frog ( Oophaga pumilio )||$60.00|
|Green and Black Dart Frog||$60.00|
|Adelphobates Galactonotus Red||$100.00|
|Mint Terribilis Dart Frog||$65.00|
|Phyllobates Terribilis Yellow||$70.00|
|Phyllobates Terribilis Mint||$84.99|
|Blue Poison Dart Frog ( Dendrobates tinctorius)||$49.99|
A-Z tank setup cost
Along with the frog cost & shipping cost, you will also have to think of the tank setup cost. Which might take $450 to $700.
Let’s take an idea how what the cost might look like for the initial setup cost of the dart frog terrarium..
|Maintenance things||Maintenance Cost|
|10 gallon terrarium||$70-$250|
|Lighting||UVB light $30-$35, |
Fluorescent natural light $18-$20
Now let’s see a bit of detail so that you can have a wide idea about the dart frogs full tank setup plus maintenance cost.
The size of the terrarium will fully depend on the amount of dart frog you want to keep inside your tank. It’s the most crucial thing for your frog as they gonna live here for a long time.
Market-dominating brands of terrariums like Exo Terra, Repti Zoo and Zoo Med, etc would be excellent choices for your dart frog. These tanks come in various sizes and prices.
Keep in mind that a bigger tank is not always better—dart frogs do not require a lot of space and too much space can actually be stressful for them. So, unless you’re planning on adding more frogs to your terrarium, later on, stick with a smaller size.
I am adding a table where you can easily compare the price, size, and number of frogs you want to keep inside the tank.
|Number of Dart Frogs||Size of the tank||Price|
|1-2 dart frogs||12x12x18’’||$75-$90|
|2.-3 dart frogs||18x18x18’’||$95-$155|
|3 dart frogs||18x18x24’’||$170-$205|
|4 dart frogs||24x18x18’’||$240-$250|
Adding high-quality substrate is absolutely necessary for the comfortable and natural bedding of the dart frogs tank.
In the market, you will find different types of substrate like coconut fiber, coco husk, soil, leaf litter, and sphagnum moss which have a price range of $7-$12, $5-$10, $6-$10, $9-$15 and $6-$15 consecutively.
|Substrate Type||Price Range|
All of them would be excellent but sphagnum moss would be the best option for the substrate.
Lighting & Heat Lamp
Temperature plays a major role in dart frogs’ health. You have to ensure a temperature between 75-84 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the frog happy & functional.
You can install a high-quality heat lamp to ensure the proper temperature regulation inside the tank. Moreover, you can install UVB lights like Zoo Med UVB Lamp which will help to regulate dart frog’s vitamin D.
Thermometer & Hygrometer
Without these two low-price elements, it would be extremely risky to pet dart frogs. You have to check frequently both the temperature and humidity to ensure that is within the ideal range of your dart frog.
You can use the REPTI ZOO digital thermometer hygrometer that can give you the reading of both humidity and temperature level within 6 seconds.
The cost does not end at the setup cost as you have to take good care of your dart frog.
You will have to spend between $55 and $75 for their monthly look after.
When it comes to feeding, the dart frog won’t cost you a lot. A single dart frog can be easily maintained if you spend around $15-$30 for its food.
You can feed them a long list of food that includes isopods, phoenix worms, crickets, fruitflies, and bean beetles.
Though this amphibian looks small, they have a high appetite compared to their size.
- You can buy 250 cricket with 1’’ size cricket at $11.
- For $15 you will also bring a whole fruit fly culture that can go for a whole month.
However, depending on the appetite, the cost can increase or lower a bit. As your dart frog is in the enclosure so they need a whole range of vitamins and supplements to fulfill the missing nutrient they enjoy back in the forest.
Both the supplement and multivitamin of your dart frog won’t cost more than $25.
Frog’s health and water have direct relation. For the manual climate of the terrarium, you have to ensure 70-100% humidity all the time. And that requires water because you will need to spray at least 2 times for 15-20 seconds to maintain the proper humidity level.
And you will have to use filtered water or distilled water. You can also use dechlorinated pipe water. Another good option is the spring water.
So, the monthly cost would be the following:
- Spring water- ($10-$20)
- Distilled water – ($11)
There is no compromise in terms of regulating the ample amount of temperature inside the frog. Here comes the use of a heating lamp.
Moreover, the UVB light bulb will also consume a good amount of electricity. Both the heating lamp & the lighting system would generate a monthly cost close to $40-$75.
Things to see before buying a poison dart frog
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When it comes to choosing the perfect dart frog, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
- First of all, do short research to decide which frog you want to purchase as your pet.
- Then, take into account the frog’s personality. Some frogs are quite laid back, while others are more high-energy. Think about what kind of temperament you’re looking for in a pet.
- If you are making the purchase from a local breeder shop then inspect for any health problems. Check that the frog moves normally.
- While ordering from online shops or breeders, you must have a look at the reviews before making the transactions.
- Choose the frog’s coloration. Poison dart frogs come in a wide variety of colors, so pick one that you find particularly appealing. Remember, your frog will be with you for many years to come, so take your time and choose wisely!
- Look for breeders that give you the guarantee of healthy live dart frog delivery.
So far you had a close look at both the cost of dart frogs & the best place to buy them. You can easily put a dart frog for the next 10-15 years with excellent care.
It would be a great thing if this blog post gives you a precise idea about where to buy dart frogs & all the interlinked factors. Hope it helps you a lot to get the best deal!