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Blue poison dart frog

Dendrobates tinctorius azureus

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IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Dendrobatidae

The blue poison dart frog feeds on insects where it often eats insects such as fire ants and other insects to provide them with the poisonous chemical that gives them their name. This species does not produce poison but rather gains it from their diet! 

Interesting facts!

  • While the blue colour is the same on all of these frogs, their black spots are not. Each frog of this species has unique spot patterns which can be used for identification.
  • This species breeds seasonally, usually around February or March, when the weather is particularly rainy. Males will produce a quiet mating call to attract females. Females will then fight other females for access to the male. Fertilisation occurs in a body of water and is done externally.


Blue poison dart frog is currently classed as being of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. However throughout their range, these animals are currently facing loss of their forest habitat.