Dyeing Poison Frog

Dendrobates tinctorius

Scientific Name

Dyeing Poison Frog:  
Dendrobates tinctorius

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Dyeing poison dart frogs can be found in the northern territory of South America.

Natural Habitat

Dyeing poison frogs can be found primarily under rocks and moss usually close to a stream.

Physical Characteristics

  • Considered to be the most alluring of all frog species, the Dyeing poison frog contains bright colors believed to function as a type of warning signal to predators that they are in fact poisonous. Usually a bright blue, the Dyeing poison frog will also have small to large black spots on its back.

Quick Facts

  1. Dyeing poison frogs were the first reported poisonous species to Europeans dating back nearly 200 years! Their poison is due to the diet they consume, which consists that of mostly ants.


Amphibian and Reptile Center

Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Dyeing Poison Frog is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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Dyeing poison frogs eat mostly ants but has been reported eating other arthropod species.