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Dyeing Poison Dart Frog

Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House

Did You Know?

  • The dyeing poison dart frog is one of the largest poisonous frog species, at 2 inches long.
  • Unlike other dart frogs, the dyeing poison dart frog is both social and active during the day.
  • The name of poison dart frogs comes from the fact that humans once used the poison of certain species on the tips of hunting arrows, although there’s no evidence that it happened with this species.

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Overview

Scientific Name: Dendrobates tinctorius

Class: Amphibians

Diet: Insects

Range: Northeastern South America

Endangered Status: Least Concern

More Information

The dyeing poison dart frog is seen in a variable range of bright colors, such as yellow, green, blue, and orange. These extremely toxic animals like to live under leaves or mossy rocks within tropical forests, usually near water.

When mating, these frogs may be competitive, wrestling and chasing one another. They are also involved in raising their offspring. The tadpoles climb onto their father’s back so he can take them to water, where the family remains until the juveniles mature at one year of age. As adults, they live on land.

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