Dyeing Poison Dart Frog

Dendrobates tinctoriusDyeing Poison Dart Frog

Description: These frogs come in many different colors. Some are black with golden stripes. They can also be white and black, white and blue, or blue and black. The frog’s bright color helps display its poisonous nature. Predators see this and know to stay away and that is why they have very few enemies.

Range: Found throughout the eastern portion of the Guiana Shield, including parts of Guyana, Suriname, Brazil, and nearly all of French Guiana.

Habitat: Dyeing Dart Frogs are native to South America’s tropical rainforests. This type of frog likes the ground and tends to stay there, but can be found on vines that hang close to the ground and near water.

Reproduction: The male will call to attract a female. The female will lay a clutch of 2-12 eggs on a leaf, where the male may fertilize them. After fertilization, the male will protect the eggs until they hatch, and then he will carry the hatchlings to a small body of water nearby.

Diet:
Wild: Dyeing Dart Frogs are insectivores. They eat ants, spiders, termites and other insects.
Zoo: Crickets and fruit flies

Fun Fact: The Dyeing Dart Frog was the first poisonous frog known to the Europeans.