- Great beginner frog
- Bright yellow-green spots on black background
- Moderately shy
- Easy to breed
- Quiet call
- medium sized dart frog
- Can be kept in groups
Name: Dendrobates auratus 'Colombian Yellow capurgana'. Commonly called the Green and Black Poison Dart Frog. The species is commonly referred to as 'Colombian Yellw' or 'Capurgana' in the United States frog hobby. Simply calling the species 'auratus' is fairly common, as well.
Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Dendrobates auratus 'Colombian Yellow capurgana', but we recommend a 20H or 18x18x18 Vivarium for 1-3 frogs.
Dendrobates Auratus "Colombian Yellow"
Temperature: They can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 85 F, but prefer temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Temperatures over 85F are dangerous.
Humidity: Like most poison dart frogs, auratus prefer a humidity range of 80 – 100%, but can tolerate humidity down to 50% for short periods of time if the frogs have access to water. Low humidity levels, especially without access to water, can quickly be fatal to Dendrobates auratus 'Colombian Yellow capurgana'. Auratus in particular seem to enjoy a wetter environment and higher ambient humidity levels vs other species of poison dart frogs, and will be more active in a more humid environment, especially when provided with a water feature. In the wild, auratus are commonly found in association with streams.
Size: Adult female Capurgana Auratus are larger, measuring in at approximately 1.5 inches. Male Capurgana auratus are a bit smaller, averaging about 1.25 inches at maturity. All of the Dendrobates auratus 'Colombian Yellow capurgana' froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 1/2"-3/4” long.
Age: Dendrobates auratus 'Colombian Yellow capurgana' is capable of living well over 20 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 10 years is more common. I had a friend who had a pair of auratus still breeding after keeping them for 27 years, and they were wild caught adults when he received them in the early 1990s! In the wild, it is thought that auratus may live 4-6 years. All 'Capurgana' Auratus for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.
Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, Capurgana auratus poison dart frogs prefer smaller foods. All of the Green and Black auratus dart frogs Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Dendrobates auratus 'Colombian Yellow capurgana' will readily consume Drosophila hydei fruit flies and pinhead crickets. All ages of poison dart frogs will enjoy springtails and isopods. All feeder insects should be dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement. For more information on what poison dart frogs can eat, please visit our How-To Guide on Feeding Poison Dart Frogs.
Social Behavior: These frogs do well housed in groups their entire life, as long as enough space is provided. Josh's Frogs recommends approximately 10 gallons per frog. As they reach sexual maturity at 10-12 months of age, the social dynamic in a group of Dendrobates auratus may change, and females may eat each other's eggs. Female D. auratus 'Colombian Yellow capurgana' may fight with each other over a mate. For that reason, many breeders recommend keeping auratus in pairs as adults. In our experience at Josh's Frogs, generally this aggression is minor, and auratus make a great group frog. Josh's Frogs strongly recommends against housing different species/morphs of dart frogs - for the health of your pets, please avoid mixing! Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair.