Blue treecreeper: habitat, care& posture

Due to its intense color, the blue treecreeper immediately catches the eye. It is also known as the blue poison dart frog. Not only the appearance makes the tropical frog a popular terrarium animal. If you are thinking about keeping a blue treecat, however, there are a few things you should keep in mind. What is important in the care of blue tree climbers, you can learn here.

PROFILE Blue Woodcreeper

The blue treecreeper (Dendrobates azureus) – also known as the blue poison dart frog or the azure treecreeper – is a variant of the dyer frog (Dendrobates tinctorius). It belongs to the genus Dendrobates and to the family Dendrobatidae. For a long time the Blue Woodcreeper was thought to be a separate species, but this is no longer the case today.

The habitat of Dendrobates azureus is limited to a comparatively small area in southern Suriname and the border areas with Brazil and French Guiana. The blue treecreeper lives there despite its name as a Ground dwellers in tropical rainforests and hides under leaves and roots near rivers and wetlands.

Characteristics of the blue treecreeper

The blue treecreeper is a relatively small frog. The average size of the blue frog is about 3.5 to 4.5 centimeters. At up to 6 cm, females usually grow slightly larger than males (ca. 4cm). The name of the frog already describes it visually: typically, it has a characteristic intense blue color, which can have a color gradient. The skin is covered with black dots of different sizes and is conspicuous by its shine.

Blue woodcreepers secrete various toxins via skin glands to protect themselves from infestation by bacteria and fungi, but also from predators. Also the intensive color serves as a deterrent. Frog offspring hardly produce any poison. It is only dangerous for humans if it gets into the bloodstream. But then it can be fatal. If well cared for, the Dendrobates azureus can live for up to 20 years.

Care and keeping of a blue tree frog: Which terrarium is suitable??

A species-appropriate diet is important for the care of the blue treecreeper. Like other poison dart frogs, the blue treecreeper feeds primarily on insects. Especially fruit flies (Drosophila), ovenfish, springtails, spiders and tropical white isopods are popular. You can also feed small crickets and house crickets or bean beetles. Feeding animals should be alive at the time of feeding and can be dusted with vitamin and nutrient supplements to increase their nutritional value.

Also, be sure to maintain meticulous hygiene to protect your blue treecreeper from pathogens. This also includes removing excrements and food remains daily.

Are blue treecreepers poisonous?

The Blue Treecreeper belongs to the poison dart frogs, but its poison is not considered particularly strong. Therefore also for terrarium newcomers after the acquisition of the appropriate specialized knowledge over councellors and terrarium forums in principle nothing speaks against the attitude of a blue tree tiger. In addition, poison dart frogs make their poison from the food they find in their natural habitat. Thus it can be assumed that with a terrarium attitude in particular of after-breedings anyway hardly a risk for the human owners/inside exists.

Blue poison dart frog for beginners

The exotic frog is relatively easy to care for, which is also good for beginners. In addition, the animals can be observed well, because the little shy frogs are active during the day and can be seen with pleasure. However, this does not mean that you should not avoid husbandry mistakes as much as possible, so that your animal is always doing well.

Blue treecreeper: How many frogs can be kept together?

Blue treefrogs can be kept in pairs or in small groups. Keep in mind, however, that males consider each other competitors, which can lead to conflict. Therefore it is better to keep only one male in a terrarium and add one or more females to it. It is also not uncommon for females to come into conflict with each other, which is why a keeping in pairs is usually the most promising option Is. In any case, it is important that the animals have enough space, so that keeping several frogs does not cause stress to the individual animals.

Blue tree climber: Costs& Acquisition

The costs for a blue treecreeper are comparatively low. Per animal often between 35 and 50 euros are due, whereby it depends on where you get your (n) frog and how old the animal is. The best place to buy a Blue Tree Tiger is often a breeder. This not only saves the animal stress during transport or in temporary housing. You can also directly get an overview of the rearing conditions. This is more likely to be noticed if the frogs are not kept well.

You can also find them in pet shops, online mail order and in rescue centers. Who wants to keep Dendrobates azureus, needs a proof of origin. Unlike other species of the tree frog, the keeping of a blue treecreeper is not subject to registration.

Besides the direct costs for the Blue Treecreeper(s), there are usually much higher costs for the terrarium, the necessary technology and other equipment. Also keep in mind that keeping bluebirds incurs ongoing costs from feeding animals and increased electricity consumption.

FAQs about blue tree climber frogs

Blue treecreepers have a highly alkaline skin toxin, which can be fatal if the toxin enters the bloodstream. The poison is absorbed through food in the wild and occurs in offspring hardly to no more.

Blue treecreeper males will live ca. 4 cm, treecreeper females up to 6 cm in size.

The blue treecreeper can live up to 20 years.

Holding the blue frog is also suitable for beginners. It is considered easy to care for and can even become tame.

The blue treecreeper is best kept in pairs in a large rainforest terrarium (120x50x40cm). It needs hiding places, a water content, temperatures of approx. 25-28 degrees Celsius, high humidity and animal food.

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