Oophaga pumilio "Escudo"
Oophaga pumilio "Escudo".
Oophaga pumilio "Escudo"" is a very small poison dart frog that inhabits Escudo in Panama. They have dark blue to purple to red coloration and are somewhat variable, having mostly splotches of red on the dorsal and blue on the ventral, although this varies. They do fine in small groups, but do best as a pair or trio when sexual maturity is reached. The males often have control of 1 to 5 square meters of territory in the wild, so rival males may display aggression for supremacy. They usually lay 3 to 10 eggs on glossy leaves, on glass, or sometimes in leaf litter. Tadpoles must be raised by adults because they feed on infertile eggs from the female. These dart frogs are interesting to many hobbyists because they exhibit biparental care. No more than a trio should go in a 20 gallon vertical conversion tank or a 18 x 24 Exo-terra enclosure. Additional information can be found, of course, through our complimentary Encyclopedia Database: DendroKnow Project.