Dyeing Poison Poison Dart Frogs- Dendrobates tinctorius powder blue

Dyeing Poison Poison Dart Frogs


Latin name: Dendrobates tinctorius powder blue

The dyeing dart frog, tinc, or Dyeing Poison Frog is a species of poison dart frog. Dendrobates tinctorius is one of the most variable of all poison dart frogs. Typically, the body is primarily black, with an irregular pattern of yellow or white stripes running along the back, flanks, chest, head, and belly.

Like most species of the genus Dendrobates, Dendrobates tinctorius is highly toxic if consumed. It produces pumiliotoxins that the frog uses for self-defense. While pumiliotoxins are weaker than their derivative allopumiliotoxins and the batrachotoxins secreted by Phyllobates species, they are sufficiently toxic to discourage most animals from feeding on them. In the case of Dendrobates tinctorius, the toxins cause pain, cramping, and stiffness when the frogs are handled roughly.

Native Home: The Dyeing Poison Frog- Dendrobates tinctorius powder blue hails from the southwestern side of Suriname. Powder blues live east of the Tapanahony River, where the river originates Eilerts de Haan Mountains near Brazil.

All Dendrobatids are diurnal and live on or close to the ground.

Size: Dyeing Poison Frog- Dendrobates tinctorius Powder blues -These are one of the largest forms of Dendrobates tinctorius. Adult female Powder Blue tincs are larger, measuring in at approximately 2.5 inches. Male Powder Blue tincs are a bit smaller, averaging about 2 inches at maturity

Diet: Adult Dyeing Poison Frog  - Dendrobates tinctorius Powder blues will readily consume Drosophila hydei fruit flies and pinhead crickets. All ages of poison dart frogs will enjoy springtails and isopods.

Reproduction: To find mates, the male Dyeing Poison Frog  - Dendrobates tinctorius Powder blues will sit on a rock and produce quiet calls, which the females follow to track down the males. The females then physically fight over a male. The male takes the female to a quiet place by water, which becomes the site of the egg-laying. Fertilization occurs externally; once the eggs are laid, the male covers them in his sperm. Between five and 10 offspring are produced at each mating. The male takes care of the eggs, sometimes joined by the female. The eggs hatch after 14 to 18 days, and after 10 to 12 weeks the tadpoles are fully mature.

 Lifespan: Dyeing Poison Frogs - Dendrobates tinctorius Powder blues tincs is capable of living well over 20 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 10 years is more common. In the wild, they may live 4-6 years.