Here we are in the first month of 2013. I have been remiss in my blogging, as some of you may have noticed. I will try to be more timely this year. Hmmm, we'll see.
The weather has been crazy here in January. Overall, it has been a very mild month. 70 degrees one day and snow a few days later. We are about to go into a week long cold snap. I can't imagine how this affects the frogs, between temperature and pressure changes. Also, it will not be possible to ship frogs for at least a week and it is holding up a delivery of pumilio pairs.
I have taken the last week to do more updating in the frog room. Since we currently have four species of pumilios and are expecting one more species soon, I am switching out from ten gallon verticals to twenty gallon verticals. It should promote more breeding. Although, it seems funny to me that in at least two in their taller vivs, all of the frogs are staying in the bottom leaf litter.
Breeding has been slow lately, so we have "spruced up" the vivs with new sphagnum moss, magnolia leaves and cork bark. Also, we have changed up the misting patterns, going from once in the morning only, for a month and then to three times a day. This should hopefully stimulate some breeding.
Speaking of breeding, I am very pleased to tell you that our red trivitattatus pair has laid a new clutch of eggs. It is a moderate sized clutch for them and the eggs look a bit larger than the last few times. If any of you have been following our red triv saga, you know that we have been quite unsuccessfull at taking them beyond the early froglet stage. Of three large clutches, only two frogs have survived. They are healthy and growing, but have more yellow than red coloring.
I have decided to try a different approach with this batch. I will not take the eggs out of the viv this time and will let the parents tend to them and take the tads to the water feature. Since there is virtually no information anywhere on rasing this species, it is all trial and error. I have learned a lot, but still have much more to learn.
We are currently looking for more breeder stock. Red galacts, yellow galacts, reticulatis, super blue auratus, mint terribilis, orange terribilis and captive bred cobalts are among the proven pairs and sexed adults we are seeking. Please let us know if you have any of these available for sale.
We look forward to seeing all of our old friends, potential new friends and hobbyists at the reptile shows this year. We will be at most of the Repticon shows in the Carolinas this year. Our show schedule will always be posted on the home page here.
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It's early October and the temps are wild. Eighty five one day, then sixty the next and back to eighty the next. It's a bit of a challenge keeping temps steady in the frog room. Heat on, AC on, fans on, fans off. No one ever said this was not a challenging hobby!
For the most part, there has not been much breeding lately, which I attribute to the temperature changes. One leucomelas pair and one green & black auratus pair has been laying eggs, but that's about it. Even our orange lamasi pair, who have consistently laid every week for the past two years have stopped.
After adding yet another rack last month, which holds nine more tanks, we are still running out of frog space. As a result, we are rubnning the "odds & ends sale". There are too many single frogs taking up tank space. Also, I have decided to stop breeding some of the tinc species, so when they go, that will be it.
Fruit fly production has become a big issue lately. I don't know quite what the problem is, but production is very low. As a result, we are scrambling to get enough to feed our stock and have none to sell at this time. It seems we have terrible luck ordering flies online. Two fly vendors sent cultures with few if any flies. They tend to use a very wet media mixture and as they are tossed around in shipping, the live flies and eggs are coated with the mixture and suffocate. I will be experimenting with several different media mixes to try and find one that produces heavily. If I find a better mixture, I will post it on this website.
The last three shows we were at were very slow. That included Charlotte, Raleigh and Charleston. I don't know if it was the time of year, the economy, or lack of advertising. Crowds were light, vendors were sparse and my very unscientific guage for good "buying" crowds, was the lack of people walking around with snake bags. Strange I know, but if people are not buying snakes, they are not buying frogs.
We do have two upcoming shows. Repticon Columbia, SC on November 3 & 4 and Repticon Winston Salem, NC, November 17 & 18. This will be Repticon's first WS show and hopefully will draw from the mountan areas to the west and Virginia. We will have a large number of frogs, including some very good size azureus, leucomelas, auratus and cobalts. As usual, there will be plenty of Eco Vivs, including our new Tarantula Townhouses.
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Hi to all my fellow dart frog enthusiasts. I hope this finds you and your frogs doing well. Right about now, you are probably getting them ready for the start of school. Your kids, not your frogs.
As usual it's busy as can be in the frog room.
After almost five years of hand misting, we finally installed a misting system. What a time saver! And, if maintained properly, it will keep all of our vivs at just the right humidity level. I have to give props to Rich at Reptile Basics in Trinity, North Carolina, for helping me put together this system. He was very helpful and the prices were great. I like to do business with local NC businesses whenever possible.
So, what do I do with all my free time now? I can assure you it aint lying in a hammock drinking a cold one. Our collection continues to grow, which means constantly tweeking the limited space in the frog room. It's a challenge, but always seems to work out. Amother rack for 8 or 9 more tanks will go in next week.
Once again, I have to thank Marcus Breece at Simply Natural Dart Frogs (SNDF), for supplying some new breeds. We have added super blue auratus, bronze and green auratus (more bronze w/ little green spots), green sips and a few alanis and bakhuis.
Pumilio breeding has been spotty, with only a couple of new cauchero babies. We are hoping to get some farm raised pums in soon, just not sure which species. I would really like to get bastimentos, man creeks, cristobals and almirantes.
Our bicolor pair has finally started producing good clutches after three bad ones in a row. Our newest pair of red galacts has also produced three bad clutches, so hopefully four is the magic number for them as well.
Shows seem to be constant this time of year. We were at the Myrtle Beach Reptile Expo a couple of weeks back. Overall, it seemed to be more tourists than true "reptile & amphibian" people. This coming weekend will find us at Repticon Charlotte and the following weekend at The Carolina Exotic Animal & Reptile Show in Raleigh NC. Two weeks after that, we will be at Repticon Ice in Charleston, SC. Not much time to unpack the bags or build new vivariums. Luckily, we have a huge supply of frogs for all the shows. As usual, you can find our show inventory posted on Dendroboard, Talk To The Frog and Fauna Classifieds, as well as our facebook page.
By the way, please like us on facebook. http://www.facebook.com/#!/carolinadartfrogs
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It's July 4th toady. Happy Birthday America!
The temps here in Greensboro have been at 100 or higher for the last week. Thank God for air conditioning. We had some nasty storms last week, but luckily did not lose power. I feel for all of those people in the Virginia and DC area who have had to deal with no power in these scorching hot days. I know of at least one dart frog breeder who did not have power for several days. I hope his frogs survived.
We have had some ups and downs in the frog room lately. Of all of the red trivitattus tads, none survived this time. It was very disappointing after trying so hard to keep them alive. They remain one of the most difficult and mysterious species to breed in captivity. Happily, we have three growing juveniles from our second clutch.
We also had our first clutch of bicolor eggs, none of which were good. However, that's not unusual for any first clutch. We had a few eggs from our red galacts, also their first. Those eggs did not make it either. At least I know theer are viable male/female groups in both.
On a brighter note, we have at least one vanzolini froglet and I suspect there is more than one. They are in a very heavily planted tank and tiny, so not very easy to spot. The parents have been with us for three years and the male called quite a bit, but I did not think they would ever produce. So keep an eye out for some vanzos for sale in about three or four months.
Our banded leucomelas continue to produce regularly and the orange lamasi are keeping up as well. The azureus pairs are not doing much right now.
We have a Repticon show in Columbia SC on July 14 & 15. We will also be at The Myrtle Beach Reptile Show, August 11 & 12 and at Repticon Charlotte, August 25 & 26. September will find us at Repticon ICe, September 15 & 16, which should be one of the biggest shows of the season.
As always, call or e-mail with any questions and for frog availability.
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It's mid-May, it's getting warm and there's been lots of rain lately. Should be breeding time!
Someone needs to tell our frogs that. There are a few leucomelas and lamasi eggs, but that's about it.
We are trying to get the latest batch of red trivitattus tads to morph out, but no matter what we try, we lose some as their front legs pop. They drown, before they can crawl out. There is virtually no info on the web about raising trivs and even repeated pleas on dendroboard has not helped. I guess they are just an extremely difficult species to raise in captivity.
I am happy to say the three survivors from the last clutch are growing, coloring up and chowing down on melanogasters.
We have a new batch of farm raised Panamanian pumilios, incuding cristobals (singles and pairs) and caucheros. I also purchased a pair of esperanzas (similar looking to escudos) and a pair of loma partidos. Unfortunately, one of the lomas died a couple of days after arrival. I was not happy, as they are difficult to come by and very pricey.
We were also able to get two pairs of captive bred eldorados, for breeders. One of their offspring also came along with them. He (or she) will be available for sale in a couple of months.
Meanwhile three of our F1 caucheros are growing and will also be available for sale in several months.
A couple of weeks back, we were vending at the Carolina Reptile and Exotic Animal Show in Raleigh. This use to be a huge show, but the number of vendors attending was smaller than ever. It had to be dissapointing to attendees. I beleive this is due to much higher vendor costs, than for other reptile shows and poor advertising. I'm not sure if we will attend future shows there.
I was able to purchase a nice trio of orange galacts there , for breeders. They are sub-adults, so it may be a while before we see offspring. So, we now have red, orange and yellow galacts.
Speaking of shows, we will be at the Repticon shows in Columbia, SC in July and Charlotte, NC in August. We will also be at the Reptile Expo in Myrtle Beach, SC in July. Stop by and check out our frogs and supplies and if you are a dart enthusiast, make sure to say hello.
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Wow, here it is April already. Time is flying by. Everything is in bloom early and the temps have been crazy warm already.
Over the last couple of weeks, we had to completely dismantle the frog room, to have new floors installed. Man was that a major job. The spiders were not happy! It took several days to get everything out and several more to rearrange things. Oddly enough, there was less room for tanks, even after getting rid of lots of unneeded junk.
The good thing is everything is more accessible. The frogs are grouped together more by species as well.
We had a great show back in Columbia SC no too long ago. The show was sold out of vendor tables and the crowds were good. We went there with forty eight frogs and came back with twenty four. Not bad. We also sold out of our Eco Vivs.
Our next show is in Raleigh, NC. We always look forward to this show, since crowds are good and we know so many frog collectors in the area. We will have a pretty good assortment of frogs available, including some pumilio pairs, which should include cristobals and popas.
We will be raffling off a ten gallon vertical Eco Viv at the show. Tickets will be $3. The drawing will be Sunday 5/6 at 3:00 and you must be present to win.
Our red trivitattus tads are doing well. After some discussions with other breeders, we are hosing them communally. These are by far the most difficult frogs we have ever tried to raise. So, every time we have a new clutch (which is unusual in captivity), we have better success with numbers. It is my goal to reach a 100% success rate with the trivs. I am hoping to have two or three from the last clutch available for sale by July.
Fruit fly cultures continue to be troublesome. We are currently culturing melanogasters, "Turkish Gliders" and Hydei, but production rates are nowhere near what they should be. So, we will continue experimenting with different culture media mixes and different storage methods.
That's about it for now.
It's been a very busy month at CDF. We have many new frogs available and sales have picked up considerably. As usual, space is at a premium in the frog room.
If some of you have been following along on our red trivittatus tads, they are doing quite well. You may recall that we lost all of our tads last year. I believe this was because the clutch was so big and as a result, the tads too small. The clutch was smaller this time, at 18 eggs and the tads are much larger. They are sprouting rear legs now, so it won't be long before they are ready to go into their new vivarium, which is heavily seeded with various springtails.
You may have noticed we have had a good number of pumilios available, including cristobals and popas. We are now working directly with an importer of farm raised frogs from Panama. They have been very healthy adults, beautifully colored, eating well and include calling males. We will be getting in more within a couple of weeks and hope to have some other pumilio species as well.
We have also been working with Marcus Breece, who many of you know is considered one of the foremost experts in dart frogs. He has provided us with a number of tinctorius species that we do not breed ourselves. Marcus has spent many years breeding for the healthiest, most colorful dart frogs available in the hobby. We have somer absolutely gorgeous bakhuis, bicolor, alanis and matechos currently available.
Another fairly new addition for CDF is "Turkish Glider" melanogaster fruit flies. They are larger than the standard d. melanogster and seem to reproduce in greater numbers.
Please stop by our booth at the Repticon Columbia SC show, March 10 & 11 at the Jamile Temple. We will have a larger than usual assortment of frogs available, as well as fruit fly cultures, cork bark tubes, horizontal and vertical ten gallon Eco Vivs and many supplies. I will also be giving a demonstration on building vivariums.
In April/May, you can find us at Repticon Baltimore and The Raleigh Reptile & Exotic Animal Show.
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It's the second week of 2012 and things have been busy at CDF.
We just came back from selling at Repticon Charlotte. It was a good show. There were less vendors there this time around, but the crowds were good. We saw some of our older customers, made some new friends, got some new folks started with dart frogs and sold out of our Eco Vivs.
Our next shows will be at Columbia, South Carolina in February, Raleigh, NC and Baltimore Md. in May.
It's time to get the frog room re-organized. We will be reassessing which species we will continue to breed (or should I say, attempt to breed) and possibly add a new species or two. We will likely add some more thumbnail species.
We currently have over eighty tads in the water, with a mix of auratus, leucomelas, lamasi, and azureus.
To date, we have not had any luck with breeding our Vanzolinis, Red Galacts, Black Bassleri, Citronellas and Cristobals. We have had a new clutch of Red trivitattus, with about eighteen eggs successful. You may recall, we had an even larger clutch a year ago, but none of the tads survived. So, we will try to take especially good care of this batch, with our lessons learned. It is very rare to see captive bred red trivs avaialble in the US, so it would give us great pleasure to offer these to collectors.
The exciting news is our pumilio "Strawberry" pairs available by the end of January. We will have several pairs of Cristobals and Almirantes available. These are some beautiful frogs!
I would like to invite all of our previous customers to send in pictures of the frogs purchased from us and any vivariums you have built. We will be happy to put them up in our picture gallery.
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It's the end of September, the beginning of fall and it's still 85 degrees here. The frog room still gets over heated, so the fans still keep going. Luckily, that's about to change this weekend with a major temperature drop. Tank temps remained fairly steady at 76-78, so no problems there. It will be interesting to see if the temperature change outside, affects the frogs reproduction.
We have been fairly busy with shows lately. we just attended Repticon Ice in Myrtle Beach this past weekend. It was a first for Repticon in that area. Overall attendance was not great, but there were quite a few vendors, including four selling dart frogs. Typically, with these shows, most people are coming for snakes and this was no exception. Since we had such a busy summer, we didn't have many frogs for sale. With all the competition, that was a good thing.
We did however, sell all of our vivariums. Since we make several different styles, they were sold to house, darts, tree frogs, geckos and pygmy chameleons. The vertical vivs seem to be the most popular.
Speaking of pygmy chameleons, we sold them for the first time at the show. They were quite a hit and sold out quickly. I have to admit, they are very cute little critters. We will have a new supply very soon and will attempt to breed them. Although we are running out of space in the frog room, a rack for their homes is being set up now. Luckily, we have a friend locally who has bred them in the past and we will certainly take advantage of his expertise.
We picked up one more breeding pair of azureus at the show and have high hopes for some good production from them. They are a very healthy looking pair.
The "baby" tanks are getting full these days. We currently have a good number of azureus, green & black auratus, blue & black auratus, mint terribilis and leucomelas froglets in them. Also, there are quite a few of the same tads, as well as campana auratus and orange lamasis. By December/January, we will be overrun with frogs. That's a good thing!
I'll be picking up a male, no spot citronella this weekend, so will be looking for a mate for him.
Our next show will be Repticon at Columbia SC, November 4 & 5. We will have the usual assortment of dry goods, frogs and vivariums available. So if you will be in the area, stop by and say hello. We always like to hear how our frogs are doing.
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It's the middle of August, temps are down a bit and we are quite busy at CDF.
We took some time off from doing the reptile shows in July and August. We are gearing up for September, when we will be at two of the bigger shows in the Carolinas. September 3 & 4, we will be at the Carolina Reptile and Exotic Animal Show at the Raleigh Fairgrounds. September 24 & 25 will find us at Repticon Ice in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This will be the first "Ice" show for Repticon.
In anticipation of these shows, we have held back a good number of frogs. We will have azureus, green & black auratus, orange lamasi, mint terribilis, bicolors, pumilio cauchero and pumilio almirante frogs available for sale. We will have our usual supplies as well.
One of the things keeping us busy these days is construction of our Eco Vivs. These vivariums are suitable for many creatures including dart frogs, tree frogs, anoles, geckos, small snakes, and some tarantulas. There will be several vertical and several horizontal vivs available at the shows or for pick-up. We have actually been selling them as quickly as we can make them lately.
Our frog room is busting at the seams right now. There are over eighty tads in the water at this time and more eggs soon to hatch out. Our newest addition to breeders was a pair of blue & black auratus. They have been producing since the first week in their new home. They should be available by late November.
It is unfortunate, but we lost all of our red trivitattus tads over the last couple of months. They rarely reproduce in captivity, so when they laid a clutch of twenty six eggs, we were thrilled. The tads were tiny and as they morphed out to popping their front legs they died off. It is quite difficult to find any info on breeding them, so it's still a mystery as to what happened. It could be that the large number of eggs produced much smaller and weaker tads than normal.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you with any questions or comments and getting pictures of frogs you have purchased from us. We will be happy to include any of your testimonials on the site in the future.
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