Oophaga pumilio is a small species of poison dart originating from the rainforests of Central America. They are an active arboreal species that exist in approximately 30 different colour variants. These are the cristobal phase which are red/orange in colouration with blue feet. In nature they feed predominantly on ants but will feed on micro crickets, springworms and fruit flies. Oophaga exhibit a very interesting method of parental care where they choose a few different bromeliad pools and individual deposit a single tadpole in each, then everyday the female will travel round all her tadpole nursery pools and lay an infertile egg as a food source for the tadpole to feed on. These infertile eggs are the only food the tadpoles eat until they metamorphosise into adult frogs.
|LATIN NAME||Oophaga pumilio|
|ADULT SIZE||0.5-0.75in (1-1.5cm)|
|ADULT ENCLOSURE SIZE||18x18x18in (45x45x45cm) minimum|