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The following information was provided by Stacy
and Sherif of the Dendrobatid Warehouse. The information is for the Sipaliwini morph of Dendrobates
tinctorius but the general information applies to the tinctorius
Also Patrick Nabors has a copy of the article he did regarding the Sipaliwini morph for the ADG on his web page. Click
for the link. His main page is: http://Saurian.net/
Correct Name: Dendrobates tinctorius
What Name Means: Dendro g= tree / bates g = one
that walks or haunts / tinct L = dyed, tinged
Common Name: Dyeing poison dart frog, Tinct.
Size range: 2 to 3 inches (51 mm to 76
mm) (Editor note: Some other breeders have told me that these are
very large for the Sipaliwini morph)
Average size of female: 3 inches (76
Average size of male: 2.5 inches (64 mm)
How to identify sexes: Larger frogs are usually
females. Males usually have wider toe pads.
Description: A large frog with a webbed pattern
or spotting on its back. The pattern varies. The "background" color
is black. The color varies on each frog. Some offspring are
dark blue, some are green, some blue green, some yellow, some light blue
- all colors are possible from the same parents. The legs are dark
blue, usually lightening up a bit at the feet. This is the description
for the Sipaliwini morph; to see other morphs go to
Dendrobates tinctorius Colour Morph Guide page
Call: A short, quiet buzzing sound, usually repeated several
Biotype and distribution
Distribution: The sipaliwini river basin in Surinam.
Biotype: Lowland areas of tropical rainforests.
Population density: _________________
Relative humidity during dry season: 80 -100 %
Rainy season: _____________________
Are frogs sitting in sunlight: it varies, never intentionally
sitting in light.
When is their active time: Day light
What kinds of food: _______________________
Recommended dimension: Depends on how many sips are housed -
we prefer a 20 long for pairs and a 55 gallon for a colony of 6.
Terrarium landscaping: a densely planted tank with tall
plants, moss, a 2" water hole, and large pieces of wood sips utilize every
inch of the terrarium.
Average age in terrarium: Sips arrived in the country
in 1997, so we are unable to judge length of life. .However, if they are
like typical tincts they can live about 10 years (we have a friend who
has had his cobalts for over 15 years).
Behavior - outgoing or reclusive: very outgoing
Eggs/clutch size: 1 - 8
Where are eggs placed: on leaves, in breeding huts
Percentage of eggs survey to tadpole stage: 75 %
Percentage of tadpoles survive to froglet stage: 90 %
Percentage of froglets survive to adulthood: 98 %
Sensitive to light: No
Development time for eggs: 14 -21 days
Development time for tadpoles: 90 days
Food for tadpoles: Tetramin fish flake food
Tadpoles kept signally or in groups: individually.
Are F1 offspring different from wild caught parents: We
have had green w/c adults have blue offspring as well as green ones.
Methods to induce breeding: Nothing special, just a natural
General notes about specie: ______________
Other sites with information or photos:
Sources of information:
Some general tinct. info from Jewels of the Rainforest