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 dyeing poison dart frog

Scientific name: Dendrobates tinctorius

Habitat: forest floor of tropical rainforest

Diet: ants, termites, small spiders

Life span: 4-6 years (10-15 years in captivity)

Young: 8–10 eggs/clutch

Size: 4–6 cm (1.6–2.4 in)

Dendrobates tinctorius is found in small isolated areas in French Guinea and northeastern Brazil.

Males of this species place themselves on an exposed rock or tree stump and defend their territory by humming, chirping or trilling.

This frog got its common and Latin name from a legend that states that a dye (tincture) of frog skin and blood rubbed onto a plucked green parrot would make the parrot's feathers grow back red. Multiple colour variations of this species exist.

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Dyeing poison dart frog on Animal Diversity Web


Range: South America

Status in the Wild

Status: rare

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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