Dyeing dart frogs inhabit the forest floor of the tropical rainforest. Their bright colors serve as a warning to predators that they are toxic. Their toxin is absorbed from prey foods, then secreted through their skin and can paralyze or even kill a predator.
Coloration is bright with intricate patterns in a variety of colors, including blues, greens, yellows, bronze, white, and black
Fingers and toes have adhesive pads
Females are bigger than males
Dart frogs are only toxic in their native habitats; animals born in zoos and aquariums do not have the same toxicity, since they are not presented with prey that supply their toxin.
Male frogs call to attract a female mate. If the female agrees, she will approach the male and he will guide her using various courtship motions to a previously prepared egg-laying site in his territory. The female will lay between 8 to 15 eggs and then the male will fertilize them.
Once hatched the male will carry the tadpoles on his back to a large pool for then to develop. This transformation takes around 10 weeks.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the dying dart frog population as Least Concern due to its wide distribution and presumed large population size. Least Concern populations are those that are unlikely to become extinct in the near future.
1.5 to 2 inches (3.8 to 5 centimeters)
Ants, termites, small spiders, and other small insects
Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, and Suriname