Keepers at a zoo are celebrating after breeding a class of blue frog.
The blue poison dart frog, or Dendrobates tinctorius azureus, is customarily found in the forests of southern Suriname and northern Brazil.
It can now also be found in the invertebrate hothouse at Paignton Zoo in Devon.
Blue poison dart frogs advise off predators with their splendid blue skin and hide unwholesome alkaloids, which can dull or even kill an attacker.
However, the frog loses its toxicity in zoos due to a opposite diet. There are now 31 blue poison dart frogs at Paignton Zoo.
Katy Upton, comparison keeper at the zoo, said: ‘They are also a good class to study, as males will ride tadpoles and display parental care.
‘I have found that having one womanlike with a organisation of males works really well, the males don’t seem to fight much over the womanlike – they are so food orientated they just caring about eating.
‘We mist them with water frequently and supply a good covering of root spawn – they tend to multiply once we supplement in fresh root spawn and they learn a good egg laying spot.’
The frog is not deliberate to be endangered, but the zoo had not bred it before.
It is also famous by its internal Indian name, okopip, and breeds seasonally – customarily in the stormy months of Feb and March.
During the breeding season, males lay on a stone and call until the females lane them down. The females then fight over a male.
Eggs are laid in the male’s domain and he takes caring of them, infrequently with the female’s help.
They induce after after 14-18 days, with the tadpoles apropos frogs between 10 and 12 weeks.
The frogs can live for up to 6 years in the furious and 10 years in zoos.
Adults weight no some-more than about eight grams and magnitude up to 3 to 4 centimetres long.