Dendrobates tinctorius "Yellowback"

This is another of the original tinctorius in the hobby, and was once much sought after. While they have shown up in shipments from Surinam, the frogs that were in this country in the early nineties were thought to come from central French Guiana, with the specific locality name “Saul”, a nearby town. Unfortunately the fact is that many frogs have incomplete or inaccurate collection data, due to the fact that the native peoples do not recognize the country borders, and often carry frogs from one country to another. In addition the collection site of frogs is sometime intentionally mis represented, to protect the valuable commodity from being poached by others.

This frog shows some variation between individuals, with some being a brighter yellow than others. In addition there is a reduced yellow form that shows up, often from parents that are pretty normal looking. This reduced yellow form has a yellow cap, and usually a straight line that runs a short distance down the middle of the back. Then the rest of the body is spotted here and there with irregular patches of yellow, often the elbows and knees and little else.

Another color form of this morph is the “lemon drop”, which has spots of yellow all over the body, but no yellow cap or any larger yellow spots. I have never found this frog to actually be available, but don't doubt that it exists.

Standard yellow backs, or the reduced yellow form are both beautiful terrarium animals and should be seriously considered by anyone thinking about tinctorius.

None French Guina, Surinam
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 (except D. azureus)
Breeding :
Status in Hobby
Best done in pairs, can be easy to breed. No longer common. At risk of disappearing in this country.
Our Availability
Links for this frog
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This is an example of the reduced yellow form of Yellowback