Dendrobates tinctorius “Surinam Cobalt”

In the “beginning” there was the French Guiana cobalt tinctorius, a smaller tinctorius form. The French Guiana form were, along with Yellowbacks, about the only tinctorius available in the early days of the hobby, in the late eighties and early nineties. But in about 1994 shipments of big beautiful Surinam cobalts began coming in, along with Powderblues. I remember getting a shipment of these frogs in, and they were spectacular. This frog seems to occur across a wide area, and different localities show variations, in their color particularly.

Some wild populations are creamy colored, others brighter yellow. Other variations include lighter blue coloration on the legs, and “bracelets” of whitish color on the front feet. Some of the nicest specimens show all these characteristics.

Over the years I have accumulated several different bloodlines, and have concentrated on breeding specimens from the nicer looking populations.
“Cobalt” is a general term, there are several different more locality specific names such as “Table Mountain” Cobalt and Brazilian Cobalt, but there is no other term for these frogs. Central Surinam, South America
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 2 inches Quite bold and active No, unless tank over 75 gallons
Experience Level
Compatible with other species?
Intermediate. Many beginners have trouble with “tincs” due to tankmates stressing each other out, and the problems brought on by keeping them in groups. Yes, should be ok with other species if not crowded
Breeding :
Status in Hobby
Best done in pairs, some pairs can be reluctant breeders, but once breeding, egg and tadpole care is generally pretty easy. Stable and common. Many importations have built a diversity of bloodlines and a stable breeding population in this country.
Our Availability
Links for this frog
Regularly available, juveniles and sexed pairs almost always available. Various unrelated bloodlines. Click here to check availability

This frog is typical of what we sell here, not quite as nice as the frog above, but still well above average.”

One of several exceptional Surinam Cobalts we were lucky enough to receive in an importation of frogs several years ago.