Dyeing Poison Dart Frog

South America


1.57 – 1.97 inches (4 – 5 centimeters)

0.11 ounces (3 grams)

Humid forests

Least Concern


Dendrobates tinctorius

The dyeing poison dart frog gets its name from an old legend in which the green feathers of parrots were changed, or “dyed,” into red feathers. Native people would supposedly take a secretion from the frog’s skin and rub it on the parrot’s skin after removing the original green feathers. It is said that the new feathers would grow back red.  

This species of poison dart frog is easily distinguishable by its yellow stripes or stripe remnants. Adept climbers, the dyeing poison dart frog is often found on sides of trees and in heavy vines above the ground, relying on its bright yellow stripes to stand out in the dark forest. 

As with other poison dart frogs, this species is thought to get its toxicity from its diet. Scientists believe the insects the frogs eat feed on plants that have toxins, which then pass to the frogs when they eat the insects.


Ants, termites, and other small insects and small spiders

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