Ranitomeya 'Vanzolinii' (juvenile)
Age: 3 months
Line: Phil Tan
Ranitomeya Vanzolinii or Spotted Poison Frog, range from central Peru into Brazil. They thrive in small groups provided they have a vertical setup with many places to hide and lay eggs. Sexual maturity is around 8 months with some males calling at 5 months. Vanzoliniis typically lay clutches of 1-3 white eggs on leaf surfaces, bromeliads, or the side of the enclosure. Vanzoliniis are known as facultative egg feeders, meaning that if left to their own devices, the female frog will feed the tadpoles unfertilized food eggs. In many cases this will be done under the males supervision. In fact, the male usually orchestrates the feeding, by calling the female to the particular bromeliad or film canister to lay the eggs for the tadpole. Due to heir monogamy and parental care this family of dart frogs are able to exploit tiny pools that are otherwise nutritionally inadequate for other arboreal frog species.