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GOLFO DULCE POISON DART FROG

Scientific Name: Phyllobates vittatus
Order
Anura (frogs & toads)

Family
Dendrobatidae (poison dart frogs)

Habitat & Range
The Golfo Dulce poison dart frog is native to Costa Rica. It’s name is derived from the Golfo Dulce region of southwestern Costa Rica where their presence is strongest. It commonly inhabits wet forested lowlands and leaf littered areas near rivers and streams.

Identification
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Golfo Dulce poison dart frogs are small, measuring just 25 to 30mm. The back and head are solid black with orange or yellow stripes that run from either side of the snout, over their back and to the thigh. The dorsal surface and limbs are generally blue-green with black speckling.

Diet
Golfodulcean feed on small insects including ants, termites, flies, beetles and mites. Their estimated daily intake is approximately 75 insects per day.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Tadpoles hatch from nests under their father’s care. The father then carries them to a water source (sometimes as small as a puddle on a leaf). After 45 days, the tadpoles hatch into froglets that measure about 13mm long.
 
 
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