Living jewels of the rain forests
American rain forests make the home for this frog family with about 170 different species, but for terrarists only the half of this group is really interesting. They have been known as arrow poison frogs. The first descrptions were born at the end of 18th century, but the main, scientific descriptions have been born only in the last 25-30 years.
Their observation on site hasn't been a simple thing because of their small size and of their way of living on soil. So their keeping in terrarium has given the possibility to study their way of life. Of course the possibilities for new recognitions have been given not only for educated zoologists, but for keen "autodidact amateurs". Nowadays as the Globe has become smaller due to the travelling possibilities, more of us could have got chances to become acquainted with them on their living site and to admire their beautiful colours and fantastic voices - sometimes more beutiful, than birds' voices. Unfortunately it is not sure, that our grandchildren shall have got the opportunity to know so much species, as frogs'space of life has been decreasing continously.
In rain forests of Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru a lot of new species have been covered still nowadays. The discription of arrow poison frog is valid really for three species of Phyllobates. But they can keep their skin's poison material only with foodstuffs from their site of life. Second generation breading under terrarium conditions are no more poisonous. More South-American Indian tribes used for arrows' and lances' handling the poison material, which were obtained from the back's sebaceous gland by fire. That's why all species of frogds were named arrow poison frogs.
Why have they been popular terrarium animals?
Their colours is as beutiful as the colours of butterflies living in South-America. Outsiders imagine the animal sitting motionless in terrarium for porcelain decoration. Some species' voice is fantastic as well. Their reproductive biology, broods' custody are very interesting as well. Males, who fight for revier like sumo wrestlers and later carry the tadpoles on their backs, provide such an experinece, which not to much animals are able to provide. A group of frogs breeding by us can confirm to provide our animals with suitable conditions. Who once tries to settle a small rain forest in an glass box with small terraces, with plants, with a small artificial stream, with suitable lighting, can enjoy a little bit the creation's pleasure. We don't want to burden introducing part with educational knowledges but we list the ten families keeping in evidence by science: