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Dyeing Poison Dart Frog

Dendrobates tinctorius

Range

  • Distributed throughout the eastern portion of the Guiana Shield and Venezuela, including parts of Guyana, Suriname, Brazil, and nearly all of French Guiana

Habitat

  • Rainforests near water

Diet

  • Insects

This species has developed different patterns and color variations due to being geographically isolated. This isolation has allowed different color traits to develop among the species.

These frogs will typically lay their eggs on land on broad leaves. Once laid, the male takes charge of watching and taking care of the eggs. After the eggs hatch, the tadpoles climb onto the male’s back, and he takes them to a nearby water source. When fully grown, they return to the land where they spend their adult lives.

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