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Adelphobates galactonotus 'Red' (Captive Bred)


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Defining Characteristics:

  • Unique red and black coloration
  • Great in groups
  • Uncommon
  • Difficult to breed / Seasonal

Name: Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’, A morph of A. galactonotus with distinct red and black colors.

Recommended Enclosure Size & Setup: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’, but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 Vivarium for 1-3 frogs. Not sure how to set up a vivarium? Please watch our video on How to Set Up a Vivarium.

Temperature (°F): They can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 80 F, but prefer temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Temperatures over 85F are dangerous.

Humidity: Like most poison dart frogs, galactonotus prefer a humidity range of 70 – 100%, but can tolerate humidity down to 50% for short periods of time if the frogs have access to water. Low humidity levels, especially without access to water, can quickly be fatal.


Size: Adult galactonotus can grow to approximately 1.5 inches. Males tend to be a bit smaller, averaging about 1.25 inches at maturity. All of the Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’ froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure at least ⅝” long.

Age: These frogs are capable of living well over 20 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 10 years is more common. In the wild, it is thought that most may live 4-6 years. All galactonotus for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-4 months old.

Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, galactonotus prefer smaller foods. All of the Red Galacs Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red' will readily consume Drosophila hydei fruit flies and pinhead crickets. All ages of poison dart frogs will enjoy springtails and isopods. All feeder insects should be dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement. For more information on what poison dart frogs can eat, please visit our How-To Guide on Feeding Poison Dart Frogs.

Sexing: Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’ are not sexable until 10-12 months of age. Male Galacs tend to be smaller than females, which often appear both longer and wider. Josh's Frogs sells 2-4 month old juveniles that are not sexable unless otherwise noted. For more information on sexing poison dart frogs, please visit our How-To Guide on Sexing Poison Dart Frogs.


Color/Pattern: Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’ are mostly red on the top half of their body with black on the bottom half. They can sometimes have spotting of red or black but tend to be more patternless. Adelphobates galactonotus can come in orange, yellow, red, and blue morphs. 

Josh's Frogs does not recommend, support, or endorse line breeding as we believe this leads to weaker captive animals and nature has done a wonderful job of creating an amazing variation in color and pattern of poison dart frogs already.

Social Behavior: Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’ are great communal frogs. They can be kept in small groups without issue! Galactonotus are not as bold as other dart frogs. They will tend to hide away and be seen less, similar to Dendrobates auratus. Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair. Josh's Frogs strongly recommends against housing different species/morphs of dart frogs together - for the health of your pets, please avoid mixing! 

Breeding: Adelphobates galactonotus are more difficult to breed than other poison dart frogs. They tend to be more seasonal and very dependent on having a wet and dry season. It is recommended to introduce dry seasons by misting your terrarium less and keeping the humidity slightly lower for a few weeks. Generally, eggs are deposited on a smooth broad leaf, or on a petri dish under a cocohut. The eggs hatch into tadpoles, which then take 60-80 days to complete metamorphosis into miniature versions of the adults. For more information on breeding and raising poison dart frogs, please visit our How-To Guide on Breeding Poison Dart Frogs.

Natural Range: Adelphobates galactonotus ‘Red’ originate from the rainforests in the southern Amazon Basin in Brazil. Locately mostly in the state of Para, they hang out in lowland rainforests near the Amazon.

History in the Hobby: Uncommon in the hobby but desired for the bold coloring that can come in blue, orange, yellow, and red.

Links of Interest: 

  • Wikipedia page for Adelphobates galactonotus
  • Amphibiaweb Species page for Adelphobates galactonotus
  • Dendroboard post on Adelphobates galactonotus

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