Dendrobates tinctorius

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Dendrobates tinctorius

Dendrobates tinctorius

Dendrobates tinctorius
Scientific name: Dendrobates tinctorius

Common name: Dyeing poison frog

Distribution: Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana and Brazil

Favoured terrain: Among leaf litter on the forest floor, or up to 3 feet above ground level

Dificulty: Easy

Notes: Dendrobates tinctorius is a larger species than most poison dart frogs, growing up to 2 inches. This frog gets its name due to its use as a dye amongst tribes in its range. There are different colour morphs of Dendrobates tinctorius but the French Guianan form above is quite typical of frogs commercially available. The very familiar blue poison dart frog, formerly known as Dendrobates azureus is now considered to be a colour-morph of D. tinctorius.

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