CZAAWE Resource Article

Methodologies for the Care, Maintenance, and Breeding of Tropical Poison Frogs
Publication Type 
Journal Article
Year of publication 
2003
Authors 
Publication/Journal 
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Abstract 
The Biodiversity Laboratories at Saint Joseph's University house more than 100 exotic and endangered animal species-including insects, fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Research in the laboratories is devoted, primarily, to understanding the genetic and ecological bases of animal behavior. In addition, a common theme of the work is the development of techniques for the successful care of exotic animals within a laboratory setting. Such techniques may be critical to studies aimed at understanding the life histories of endangered species and saving them from extinction. Current projects to study the biology of tropical poison frogs have methodologies to improve captive care, maintenance, and breeding. In this article, I present these methodologies and their impact on the welfare of captive poison frogs.