Venezuela Expedition 2016

JBL Expedition 2016 Venezuela

JBL Expedition 2016 Venezuela

Finally Poison Dart frogs

On the last day of the expedition we finally spotted some yellow-banded poison dart frogs (Dendrobates leucomelas), which can live to be 15 years old in the terrarium, when kept well! It was exciting to find these animals in their natural habitat at all. As much the bright yellow colour attracts our attention, it also serves as camouflage. And the forest floor is, of course, not only brown. Yellow blossoms and colourful fruit lie around to form a multi-coloured potpourri on the floor. Most frogs are only discernible by their jumping movements. They are not very shy and can be easily observed. Lars, who keeps this species at home in terrariums, was immediately aware that he keeps his animals in too high humidity. The original biotope was relatively dry and only during rainfalls was the humidity as high as most of us imagine the tropical rainforest to be.

With all these discoveries: the evaluations of the data logger, which recorded the temperature and humidity intensively twenty four hours a day; with countless data measured in the most varied biotopes imaginable; thousands of photos and countless films, our team of 50 men and women returned to Europe. All were safe and sound, even if the strong tropical sun was a problem for some of us, even to the extent of forming blistering sunburn. We will never forget our discoveries and our research results will help us to optimise all of our animal keeping, and make breeding possible. And we should never lose sight of this long term goal!

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