Species Highlight “Ranitomeya imitator “Tarapoto””

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Located in the mountains around the town of Tarapoto in Peru.https://i1.wp.com/www.traveljournals.net/pictures/l/14/143749-view-of-jungle-mountains-hugging-the-rio-urubamba--from-the-road-tarapoto-peru.jpg

 

Behavior:

Imitator’s normally don’t do well in groups. However, my group of 4 have been regularly producing many clutches with only minor fighting during certain times of the year. As always, if attempting to keep them in a group make sure to watch them during breeding season and make sure the same frog isn’t being picked on all the time and that there are lots of places to run and get away from the bully.

Tarapoto’s are moderately shy most of the time, but they are more bold during breeding. Mostly visible right before and after the light comes on/ goes off.

Size:

These frogs will grow to around ¾”. Males will be slightly smaller and slimmer than females.

Temperature & Humidity:

The Tarapoto’s prefer temperatures in mid to high 70s with high humidity.

Feeding:

In captivity, they are normally fed flightless fruit flies, & springtails.  Their diet should be dusted with a vitamin supplement in order to give them the nutrients they need.

 Breeding:

This species is supposed to be a reluctant breeder, however once they get started they are prolific. Imitator frogs are non-obligate egg feeders, which means that the female will lay unfertilized eggs into the water to feed the tadpoles, however they can be raised on fish flakes or tadpole food if you take them out of the tank. Tadpoles will be placed in film canisters that are hung vertically or at a slight angle on the sides of the tank. They will also use bromeliads and leaves if there are no film canisters.

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