Dendrobates tinctorius “Brazilian Cobalt”

The showiest of the cobalt forms, this frog is a bit smaller than the Surinam form, but bigger than the French Guiana cobalt. Lots of yellow on the head is this frog's trademark. In most cases the yellow extends well down the middle of the back, in a solid yellow cap. Another identifying mark is the lighter color toes, many specimens including most males having white toes on the front feet.

This is another form of tinctorius that seems a little more delicate than most of the others, and I wonder if this might be due to a very limited number of bloodlines in this country, and the inbreeding that has gone on with this form.

Most frogs in the hobby can be traced back to the Aquarium of the Americas, in New Orleans. What ever the reason, this form of tinctorius is not particularly hardy, at least not for me!

None, but sometimes confused with the other “cobalts”, such as the larger Surinam cobalts and the smaller French Guiana cobalts. Brazil
Terrarium Preferences
Low to mid Seventies High Almost exclusively terrestrial, recommend terrarium of 20 gallon tall size minimum for a pair.
Visibility in the tank
Groups of these compatible
Up to about 1.75 inches Quite bold and active No, unless tank over 75 gallons
Experience Level
Compatible with other species?
Intermediate. A more delicate tinctorius. Yes, should be ok with other species if not crowded (except D. azureus)
Breeding :
Status in Hobby
Best done in pairs, not easy to breed. These frogs sometimes die under stress of breeding. Not common. Very few bloodlines in this country.
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