Doyle's Dart Den


Dendrobates tinctorius
Updated 03/09/99

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What Name Means: (Dendro g= tree / bates g = one that walks or haunts / tinct L = dyed, tinged)
Common Name:  tinc. and dyeing poison dart frog

Physical Description
Size range:   1.3 to 2.36 inches (34  to 60 mm)
    Kay Klausing provided the following measurements for his tinctorius which are morph #12 on the
    The Dendrobates tinctorius Colour Morph Guide page
    Male    weight: 5.3  4.4  6.4 gr.  /   length 4.0  3.5   4.3 cm
    Female  weight  6.4  9.2 gr.   /   length 4.5  4.5 cm.
Weight range: ___  ____
Average size of female: Depends on morph
Average weight of female:  Depends on morph
Average size of male:  Depends on morph
Average weight of male:  Depends on morph
How to identify sexes:  Larger frogs are usually females.  Males usually have wider toe pads.
Description:  Please see The Dendrobates tinctorius Colour Morph Guide page
Other Morphs:  New ones every year.  Stacy and Sherif of the The Dendrobatid Warehouse (I don't think they have a web page anymore) were nice enough to complete one of these form for the Sipaliwini morph click here
Call:  A short, quiet buzzing sound, usually repeated several times.    Click here to hear.

Biotype and Distribution
Distribution:  Guyana, French Guyana, Surinam, and Brazil
Biotype:  0 - 400 meters along streams
Population density:
Day Temperature:  ____
Night Temperature :  ___
Relative humidity during dry season:  ______ %
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What kinds of food in wild:

Recommended dimension:  10 gallon on up but 20 gall or larger is best.
Day Temperature:  86 F (30 C)
Night Temperature :  68 F  (20 C)
Terrarium landscaping:  Well planted and some like to add a stream
Average age in terrarium:  6 years
Maximum age in terrarium:  9 years
Behavior - outgoing or reclusive:  Outgoing
Parts of Vivarium occupied:  ______
How often misted:  _____

Eggs/clutch size:  5 - 20 eggs
Where are eggs placed:  Coconut huts
Sensitive to light:  No
Development time for eggs: 14 - 18 days
Development time for tadpoles: 84 days
Percent of Eggs to develop into tadpoles: ____%
Percent of tadpoles that develop into froglets: _____%
Percent of froglets that reach maturity: ______%
Age of maturity: 18  months
Food for tadpoles:  Flake food
Tadpoles kept singly or in groups: singly
Are F1 offspring different from wild caught parents: Generally the offspring are the same as the wild caught parents but some loss of the yellow color has been noted.  Todd Kelly has reported that feeding spice paprika the tadpoles after the hind legs have developed will greatly increase the yellow color in the offspring.  He also has reported that using paprika to dust food for the froglets and adults will help maintain the yellow,but that feeding the tadpoles is best.  Other have also used the coloring agent canthaxanthin.  To read more about canthaxanthin and to order it got to Curtis's Canaries.

Methods to induce breeding: _____________

General notes about specie: ______________

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