The husbandly and care of dendrobatid frogs

Mark B. St. Claire, Mary J. Kennett, Marvin L. Thomas, John W. Daly

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Dendrobatid frogs are studied primarily for the bioactive alkaloids found in their skin. Also known as poison-dart frogs, these animals accumulate toxic alkaloids from dietary sources. The function and uses of the many alkaloids, the alkaloid accumulation system, and the basic biology and physiology of the frogs themselves are of research interest. Here we overview the taxonomy of these frogs and some of the unique aspects of their natural biology and reproduction. We also describe the components of a successful laboratory housing system, including temperature, lighting, humidity, ventilation, nutrition, health considerations, and handling. A brief summary of dendrobatid research highlights is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-14
Number of pages7
JournalContemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • General Veterinary


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