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Dendrobates azureus
Last update 09/03/99

What Name Means: (Blue tree climber) Dendrobates = Tree Climber Azureus = Blue
Common Names: Blue dart frog.

Physical Description
Size range:  1.5 to 1.75  inches (38 to 45 mm)
Average size of female:  ___ inches  ( mm)
Average size of male:  ___ inches  (mm)
How to identify sexes:  Females tend to be larger/fatter.  Adult males are smaller/slimmer, have enlarged toe pads, and have vocal  sacs.
Description: Dendrobates azureus is one of the most striking frogs in the trade.  Bright blue with small black spots covering the torso of the body.
Morphs:  There is little variation in this species.  Some animals tend to a darker blue while other have lighter color of blue.  Additionally the size of the black spot varies in size.  I have seen some photos from Europe that showed violet colored animals.  Currently, it is not know if these are color morphs or just individual color variations.
Call:  Click here for a 36 K WAV file from Gerd Voss
Age of maturity:  14 - 18 months

Biotype and Distribution
Distribution:  Surinam
Biotype:  ________
Population density:  _________
Relative humidity during dry season:  _______%
Rainy season:  ________
Are frogs sitting in sunlight:  ___________
When is their active time:  ____________
What kinds of food:  _____________

Recommended dimension:  10 gall aquariums and larger.
Temperature Range:  75° - 85° F (24° -30° C)
Terrarium landscaping:  Give the frogs some areas of heavy plant cover to hide in when they feel threatened and some open areas for them to hunt in.
Adult population density:
Parts of the Vivarium occupied:  For the most part they will say on the floor and climb only a few inches high
Average age in terrarium:  6 years (ADG Newsletter # 35)
Behavior - outgoing or reclusive:   Very outgoing.

Eggs/clutch size:  5 to 6.
Where are eggs placed:  Under hut.
Sensitive to light:  No
Development time for egg to tadpole:  18 days
Care of eggs:  Keep eggs in a shallow container with water surrounding the egg but not submersing them.
Development time for tadpoles to froglet:  approx. 70 - 85 days
Food for tadpoles:  Fish food, spirulina, & chlorella
Care of tadpoles:  Keep singly but tads of the same clutch may be kept together
Are F1 offspring different from wild caught parents:  No

Other sites with photos and information:
The Dendrobatid Frog Page -

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