Dyeing Poison Dart Frog

The Dyeing Poison Dart Frog (Denrobates tinctorius) is a poisonous amphibian in the poison dart frog family. 

The Dyeing Poison Dart Frog varies in colour. Its body is usually black with irregular patterns and stripes in yellow or white along its sides, back, chest, head, and belly. Its legs are mainly blue—either dark-blue or light-blue—with small, black dots. The female has circular, round toe discs or pads (that can stick to surfaces), whereas the male has heart-shaped toe discs. The female has an arched back, and the male has a curved back.

Dyeing Poison Dart Frog

It grows to 4-5 centimetres (2 inches) long. The male is smaller and thinner than the female.

It is native to South America, in the countries of Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Brazil, and French Guiana. It prefers tropical, humid, rain forests, mainly in the highlands.It lives on the ground in leaf litter, near streams and rivers. 

It is diurnal, active during the day. It eats small insects, such as ants and termites, as well as arachnids, such as spiders. It catches its food with its short, sticky tongue. The Dyeing Poison Dart Frog is highly toxic if eaten, which prevents some predators from eating it.

It is oviparous, laying eggs. The female lays 10-30 eggs, which hatch after about 14 days. The male cares for the eggs. When the eggs hatch into tadpoles, the male carries them on his back and takes them to a river or stream. 

The Dyeing Poison Dart Frog lives, on average, for 15 years.

Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
Dyeing Poison Dart Frog

[Location of photographs: Parc Zoologique de Paris in Bois de Vincennes, France]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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