Dyeing poison frog

Dyeing poison frog

Dendrobates tinctorius

IUCN status
Least concern
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Dyeing poison frog

« It is brightly coloured to signal to its predators that it is toxic »

A small, colourful, and poisonous frog

Don’t be fooled by its size, this little frog is highly toxic!

This poison dart frog is a small tree frog that lives in the tropical rainforests of South America. It is brightly coloured to signal to its predators that it is toxic. This visual signal is a highly effective strategy for adapting to its environment: it is called aposematism. The dyeing poison frog exhibits various different forms called “morphs”, the majority of which are predominantly yellow and black. However, the subspecies “azureus”, or blue poison dart frog, exhibits an incredible blue colouration.

Dyeing poison frog

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Bred in quarantine

Certain amphibians and reptiles are bred behind the scenes at ZooParc de Beauval. Discover poison dart frog tadpoles, the remarkable tomato frog, and the fascinating caiman lizard in this video.

Threatened amphibians

Poison dart frogs are prized by herpetologists and collectors alike for their bright colouration. Their populations are stable, and they are considered only somewhat threatened for the moment. However, some species are highly localised and therefore extremely sensitive to habitat degradation and capture for the exotic pet trade. It is therefore important to remain vigilant in order to keep poison dart frog populations in good shape.

In France, many amphibians are highly threatened with extinction. The Beauval Nature association supports amphibian populations in the Sologne, including the common spadefoot, classified as “Critically Endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. 

Dyeing poison frog

Beauval’s poison dart frogs

We house 3 species of poison dart frog:

- dendrobate auratus (the green and black poison frog)
- dendrobate leucomelas (the yellow-banded poison frog)
- dendrobate tinctorius (the dyeing poison frog )

Yellow-banded poison dart frog
Dyeing poison frog
Dyeing poison frog
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Least concern

Learn more about the species

  • Diet
  • Incubation
    14 to 18 days
  • Clutch size
    3 to 10 eggs
  • Habitat
    Tropical forests and Wetlands
Communication and courtship
Communication between poison dart frogs is generally vocal: males have two vocal sacs with which they will emit chirps, buzzing noises, and trills. It is the females however that initiate courtship by pursuing and rubbing up against the male. Although poison dart frogs live in a humid environment, mating takes place on land rather than in the water.
A great dad!
Poison dart frogs take good care of their eggs, especially the male, who regularly washes and moistens them. After hatching, they even carry the tadpoles on their backs to an area with water.

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