Doyle's Dart Den


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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 specie.

Also Patrick Nabors has a copy of the article he did regarding the Sipaliwini morph for the ADG on his web page.  Click here for the link.  His main page is:

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.

Physical description
 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  mm)
 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 The Dendrobates tinctorius Colour Morph Guide page
Call:  A short, quiet buzzing sound, usually repeated several times.

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 habitat.

General notes about specie: ______________

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Sources of information:
Personal experience.
Some general tinct. info from Jewels of the Rainforest by Walls.


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