Frog of the Week

Dyeing Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates tinctorius)

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Common Name: Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Scientific Name: Dendrobates tinctorius
Family: Dendrobatidae
Location: Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, and Suriname
Size: 2 inches or 50 mm

The Dying Poison Dart Frog gets its named from legends of the members of the tribes of the Amazon were able to change the colors of a parrot’s feathers from green to red by rubbing a live frog on the parrot’s skin. This dying gave it the name.

The Dying Poison Dart Frog is very popular in the pet trade industry because of its bright colors, large size for a dart frog, and its hardiness. They can live up to 15 years in captivity. They are not dangerous in captivity because their poison comes from their diet.

The Dying Poison Dart Frog comes in a variety of morphs. One of the most popular morphs is the azureus morph pictured below. The morph used to be considered its own species.

By MarcusBar – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The Dying Poison Dart Frogs are good parents just like most of the other Poison dart frogs. After mating and laying the eggs, the male and sometimes the female watches over the nest. Then after the eggs hatch, the tadpoles are transporeted on the backs of the parents to water inside bromeliads.



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