(May 24, 2011) This might be the best photo I've ever taken of wildlife. I found this Gray Treefrog calling from our rain gutter!
Note about Illinois native species: we do not keep any Illinois native reptiles or amphibians as pets, and according the the Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulations, it is illegal to sell or distribute native reptiles or amphibians. In other words, if you catch it in the state of Illinois, you must keep it yourself or release it. I might also add, I don't know how anyone would sleep if they had a gray treefrog breeding pair calling at night!
Advice About Buying Frogs Over The Internet
Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people out there trying to scam people on the internet. Therefore, we recommend you do lots of research before you spend your hard earned money on frogs that you see on your computer. We only keep and breed a few species of frogs. Two dealers that we have dealt with frequently that are very good, trustworthy people are Patrick Nabors (www.saurian.net), and Joshs Frogs (www.joshsfrogs.com). They are highly recommended. If you have any questions, I am more than happy to help you. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Keep Poison Dart Frogs?
This is a question I get most often from people when they see the frogs in the basement. The short answer is that I have always been enthralled with reptiles and amphibians. Growing up in the midwest, we didn't have the amazing, unique variety of animals you'd see in National Geographic. We were, however, always bringing home turtles, frogs, and occasionally even a snake to keep for a while. Over the years I have kept a variety of exotic reptiles and amphibians, including water dragons, iguanas, Day Geckos, Fire Bellied Toads, leopard geckos, bearded dragons, salamanders, anoles, a russian tortoise, a redfooted tortoise, a side necked turtle, and various Illinois native species.
A few years ago I stumbled across poison dart frogs on the internet and started doing research. After a year of research, I purchased a group of 6 green/bronze D. Auratus from Patrick Nabors (www.saurian.net). Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Unlike most reptiles, the frogs are quite active during the daytime. The bolder species are constantly out hopping around. I had planned on breeding the green/bronze auratus, but they never did cooperate. After a year of keeping them, I aquired a sexed pair of blue/black auratus from Patrick in May of 2010. Those bred in the summer, and we raised 33 froglets in the fall of 2010.
Although it certainly won't make you rich, and takes up a good amount of time, I found a way to make the hobby pay for itself by breeding a few pairs. This was a first! I definitely can't say any of the other reptiles I've kept over the years have helped me break even.....not even close! Several months later, I added a trio of D. leucomelas and a pair of D. tinctorius azureus. It's added a lot of work to keep up with 3 breeding pairs, and I'm always on the lookout for what to add next!
The species of dart frogs that we have are pretty easy to take care of, as long as you don't mind culturing fruit flies!
We are located in Central Illinois. We also always have a few extra fruit fly cultures on hand. They are $5.00 each. These are for local pickup only. Email email@example.com with any questions!