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Old 03-10-2010, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I really want a dart frog. I would rather buy local then over the internet. Does anyone know where they sell the DF in the South suburbs of Chicago? Any suggestions would be great!
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I havnt had the chance to head up here yet Scott Smith's All Animal Expo but I hear theres all kinds of stuff related to this hobby there.
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Yep, I have that on my list for the 21st. I've been trying to figure out which event is the best bet for buying some stuff and I'm hoping this is the one. I wish there was a repitle store that carried them all the time. I have a reptile store near me but they have just a couple tree frogs. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yep, I have that on my list for the 21st. I've been trying to figure out which event is the best bet for buying some stuff and I'm hoping this is the one. I wish there was a repitle store that carried them all the time. I have a reptile store near me but they have just a couple tree frogs. Thanks for the suggestion.
Hate to make a blanket statement, but please don't buy darts from pet shops if you have any alternative at all. You will most likely pay way more for an inferior frog.

I went to that show ( Smith's) for the first time last weekend. I live in Chicago and it was about a 40 minute drive. Mostly reptiles. Pretty cool. Lots of traffic.
There were only two people selling darts there. I knew both of them. One I have met in person a number of times, good guy, good frogs. The other from a forum I no longer post on ( not Dendroboard). He seems to give out tons, and tons of advise on this other forum, mostly about frogs other than darts, which makes total sense after viewing his wares... If you look at the two different venders' frogs it will pretty much instantly be obvious who has the better frogs. I'm not naming names, won't have to if you see the two guys' frogs in person. I saw an "azureus " for sale that was no larger than 13mm vent to snout. I have morphed out darklands that were larger than that. Not kidding. There is absolutely no reason what so ever to sell frogs that tiny. Very disturbing.

Anyway, please do a bunch of research ahead of time. I have not attended nearly as many shows as I would like, but the ones I have have all been very enlightening , on one level or another. Some of us in the Chicagolanfd area may be throwing a get together in a couple months. That's a great way to meet froggers and get quality stuff.

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I know it's a shop, but the guys that own Chicago Reptile House, Orland Park location, do their own breeding of dart frogs. they also make their own cultures of spring tails and are working on isopods and firebrats.
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I know it's a shop, but the guys that own Chicago Reptile House, Orland Park location, do their own breeding of dart frogs. they also make their own cultures of spring tails and are working on isopods and firebrats.
There are absolutely acceptions to the rule Julie. It is nice to hear of guys doing it right.
Would you happen to know of the guys' names. I am always interested in who is doing darts around my locale.

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sorry, i can't remember their names, i've been in the shop a few times and on the phone with them a number of times. We would know each other in a crowd, but don't know each other's names

the owner always picks up the phone. He's a biology student and LOVES frogs, especially darts. When we were talking about the other things to add to the tank, the springtails, firebrats, isopods, etc., he stopped himself all of a sudden and said, but you don't HAVE to do this, it's okay if you just feed fire flies coated with vit, min, Ca and D. I just do it and then he paused. I said - because you love it. Everybody laughed and said - Yea, he's obsessed with those dart frogs and making up new things that are good for them and their environment.

I call on him any time i'm not sure of what i'm doing and he's always happy to spend time with me, even though i can tell he's in the middle of taking care of customers.

Call him, or go in to the store. He has dark hair, he's the biology student and owner.

I'll have to get his name next time - He's GREAT!

So is your website!

I ADORE my darts! They're my new babies
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His Name would be Matt.

Pricey but nice frogs.
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MATT! Yep, that's it! Matt!

Pricey, but everything he has is such high quality.
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Matt Olsen to be exact. Hes really cool. He has first dibs on my Varadero froglets.
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