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…

Understory Update – February 2017

We had intended this newsletter to go out in January, but somehow January got away from us! So this has new become the February edition. Inside the buildings the frogs have been breeding extremely well! One of the major changes we have been working on the past 12 to 18 months was the expansion of our tinctorius groups so that we could have a more robust and consistent availability of many of these morphs for both retail and wholesale customers across the world. We currently have many tinctorius tadpoles of many morphs in the water and coming on land. In Read More…

Understory Update – September 2016

We had an incredible summer here in SW Ontario, the nicest weather I can remember, at least as far back as before the time before I had frogs!  Despite the nice weather, we were hard at work and have nearly completed an entire overhaul of our rearing infrastructure.  This should allow us to increase and improve our offerings and work more efficiently at raising froglets.  We are also standardizing most of our breeding terraria, and as such we have a lot of used acrylic terraria available to anyone who would like to pick them up.  Many sizes are available.   Read More…