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Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini' F1 (Captive Bred) - Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog

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Defining Characteristics:

  • Great beginner frog
  • Green, yellow, or blue coloration
  • Bold
  • Easy to breed
  • Quiet call
  • Large
  • Can be kept in groups when young
  • Best kept in pairs as adults
  • First generation captive bred from wild collected parents

Name: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini'. Commonly called the Dyeing Poison Dart Frog (based on an early belief that natives used brightly colored frogs to dye fabric). In the hobby, often referred to as Sips or Green Sips, or Sipaliwini Tincs. The F1 signifies these are first generation captive bred.

Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini', 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: They 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, Green Sipaliwini 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 Green Sipaliwini are larger, measuring in at approximately 2.25 inches. Male Green Sipaliwini are a bit smaller, averaging about 1.75 inches at maturity. All of the Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini' froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 5/8” long.

Age: These frogs are 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 Green Sipaliwini may live 4-6 years. All Green Sipaliwini for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old. Many of our breeders are well over a decade in age, and show no sign of slowing down.

Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, Green Sipaliwini prefer smaller foods. All of the Green Sipaliwini Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini' 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: 'Green Sipaliwini' is not sexable until 10-12 months of age. Male Green Sipaliwini 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: A very variable poison dart frog, most young Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini' F1 are mostly yellow-light green in color with a varying degree of black spots. The green can range from a very dark, deep green to a light yellow in some individuals. Spots can be large in some individual Green Sipaliwini, but generally are less than 1cm across. Green Sipaliwini tincs can become blue or yellow or green in coloration with age. 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: They 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 Green Sipaliwini 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: Green Sipaliwini are very simple and easy to breed. Like most Dendrobates tinctorius, Green Sipaliwini 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. Unlike some tincs, Green sips tend to be rather seasonal, and may require a heavy dry period to get them breeding. 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 'Green Sipaliwini' is native to a very limited range in the Sipaliwini Savanna, located in southern Suriname. This large grassland is punctuated by 'forest islands', isolated pockets of jungle that occur along streams, where Green Sipaliwini are found. There are some reports to suggest green sips are found along the southern border of Suriname, near Brazil. 

History in the Hobby: Green Sips have existed in the US hobby since at least the early 2000s. Many lines exist in the hobby, generally reflecting individual imports from Suriname or Europe. Once quite rare, Green Sipilawini have recently shown a resurgence in popularity in the past few years, and are now widely available. Josh's Frogs works with several lines of Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini', and pairs different lines with each other to maintain genetic variability in the frogs we sell. These froglets descent from animals imported in late 2017.

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

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Beautiful frogs

Frogs arrived in great shape. They ate right away and have been out exploring their new home. Look forward to watching grow up.


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Love them ! Frogs arrived in excellent condition. Ate right away. I have ordered from josh's frogs a few times and have been very happy every time.

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