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Dendrobates tinctorius 'Giant Orange' (Captive Bred) - Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog

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About This Product

Defining Characteristics:

  • Great beginner frog
  • Bright yellow/orange coloration
  • Bold
  • Moderately easy to breed
  • Quiet call
  • Large
  • Best kept in pairs

Name: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Giant Orange'. Commonly called the Dyeing Poison Dart Frog (based on an early belief that natives used brightly colored frogs to dye fabric). There is significant evidence to suggest that 'Giant Orange' and 'Regina' tincs are one and the same morph.

Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Dendrobates tinctorius 'Giant Orange', but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 Vivarium for 1-3 frogs. Not sure how to set up a vivarium? Please watch our video on How to Set Up a Vivarium.

Temperature: These frogs can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 80 F, but prefer temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Temperatures over 85F are dangerous.

Humidity: Like most poison dart frogs, Giant Orange prefer a humidity range of 70 – 100%, but can tolerate humidity down to 50% for short periods of time if the frogs have access to water. Low humidity levels, especially without access to water, can quickly be fatal.

Size: Adult female Giant Orange are larger, measuring in at approximately 2.25 inches. Male Giant Orange are a bit smaller, averaging about 2 inches at maturity. All of the Dendrobates tinctorius 'Giant Orange' froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 5/8” long.

Age: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Giant Orange' is capable of living well over 20 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 10 years is more common. In the wild, it is thought that Giant Orange may live 4-6 years. All Giant Orange for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.

Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, Giant Orange prefer smaller foods. All of the Giant Orange Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Dendrobates tinctorius 'Giant Orange' will readily consume Drosophila hydei fruit flies and pinhead crickets. All ages of poison dart frogs will enjoy springtails and isopods. All feeder insects should be dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement. For more information on what poison dart frogs can eat, please visit our How-To Guide on Feeding Poison Dart Frogs.

Sexing: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Giant Orange' is not sexable until 10-12 months of age. Male Giant Orange tend to be smaller than females, which often appear both longer and wider. Males also tend to have wider front toe pads and a less defined back arch than females. Josh's Frogs sells 2-3 month old juveniles that are not sexable unless otherwise noted. For more information on sexing poison dart frogs, please visit our How-To Guide on Sexing Poison Dart Frogs.

Color/Pattern: They are mostly yellow and black in color with a varying degree of blue on the legs and belly. The blue is typically a very dark, deep blue. Some Giant Orange display a lot of orange instead of yellow, while some show just faint yellow coloration. Josh's Frogs does not recommend, support, or endorse line breeding as we believe this leads to weaker captive animals and nature has done a wonderful job of creating an amazing variation in color and pattern of poison dart frogs already.

Social Behavior: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Giant Orange' do well housed in groups up to sexual maturity, as long as enough space is provided. Josh's Frogs recommends approximately 10 gallons per frog. As they reach sexual maturity at 10-12 months of age, the social dynamic in a group of Dendrobates tinctorius may change, and all but one female may need to be removed. Female D. tinctorius may fight with each other over a mate. For that reason, many breeders recommend keeping Giant Orange in pairs as adults. Josh's Frogs strongly recommends against housing different species/morphs of dart frogs - for the health of your pets, please avoid mixing! Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair.

Breeding: Giant Orange are a very seasonal breeder for us, much like leucomelas. Like most Dendrobates tinctorius, Giant Orange are best bred in pairs as adult females may fight with each other in the presence of a male. Generally, eggs are deposited on a smooth broad leaf, or on a petri dish under a cocohut. The eggs hatch into tadpoles, which then take 60-80 days to complete metamorphosis into miniature versions of the adults. For more information on breeding and raising poison dart frogs, please visit our How-To Guide on Breeding Poison Dart Frogs.

Natural Range: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Giant Orange' is native to French Guiana.

History in the Hobby: Giant Oranges were introducted into the US hobby from Europe. At the same time, another similar morph called 'Giant Orange' were imported. These frogs are most likely from the same population in the wild.

Links of Interest:
Tinctorius Morphguide, with great information on all morphs of Dendrobates tinctorius.
IUCN Redlist article on Dendrobates tinctorius.

Still not sure if Dendrobates tinctorius 'Giant Orange' from Josh's Frogs are the right poison dart frog for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!


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Awesome frogs!

Just got these guys from you last week and they're awesome! I absolutely love their color pattern and I especially like the patterning on their little bellies when they hop on the glass. My frogs arrived when you said they would and they are readily taking fruit flies and look to be in excellent health. Always a pleasure to do business with you guys. Thanks!


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I bought 3 of these

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Great color

Very healthy bought three and very curious frogs out and about a lot

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