Understory Update – December 2017

2017 is almost in the bag! This seemed like a particularly busy year for us and things went by in a blur. We are anticipating a busy and exciting year for 2018. We will have, for the first time in a few years, more captive bred Cruziohyla calcarifer from CRARC stock. The little froglets are adorable and are growing well now. They will be available directly through us if in Canada or through our international distributors with the first shipments of the year. In addition to this, we have some absolutely stunning Ameerega bassleri of the yellow form available. These Read More…

Understory Update – July 2017

With summer here it’s time we start looking forward to fall availability.  We will be well stocked on lots of Ranitomeya including some like the Shucushuyacu and Pampa Hermosa morphs of R. benedicta – both of which have been in short supply lately.  Speaking of benedicta, we have decided to release the Yellow morph of benedicta in September in the US and Canada, and early 2018 they will be available for Europe.  We have been working with this form for several years, and found it to be, for us at least, a little stingier with the reproduction than the other Read More…

Understory Update – April 2017

Spring is here again which means that there is lots of activity at Understory.  It looks like our Mantella are about to start their breeding season already.  Last year got off to a late start with their breeding not commencing until later in the summer.  But this year we already have the first Mantella crocea tadpoles in the water.  It looks like other Mantella species are soon to follow.  We still have a good selection of M. madagascariensis and M. expectata from last season which are beautifully coloured and a very good size. We now have froglets of the Reticulated Read More…

Ranitomeya Benedicta in Retrospect

By the end of 2005 Manuel and I had realized our first small export from Peru, which was, for us at least, a momentous accomplishment and the result of over three years of hard work to get to that point.  It was enjoyable work and afforded us the opportunity to indulge our passion and travel frequently throughout Peru, most often to Tarapoto and surrounding regions in search of frogs and adventure.  Also active in the area studying poison frogs were two young students from East Carolina University, Jason Brown and Evan Twomey.  By this time they had a few really Read More…

Tamshiyacu – Spilled Milk

August 2004. This was a time, believe it or not, when species such as Ranitomeya uakarii or Ranitomeya flavovitatta were poorly known, enigmatic species represented by only a few accounts and a sparse selection of photos online. This was the time before Taron Grant dropped his taxonomical bombshell on Dendrobatid taxonomy. These were the dark ages before the works of Brown and Twomey began elucidating the mess of what was at the time known as the “Quinquevitattus” group of small Peruvian poison frogs. Still these were exciting times! I was unbelievably excited to return to Peru in August of that Read More…