Dendrobates Tinctorious Azureus Care Sheet



Dendrobates Azureus Tinctorius, photo by Cliff1066
Dendrobates Azureus Tinctorius, photo by Cliff1066
  • Lifespan: Approximately 10 – 20 years based on care
  • Handling: Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Azureus’ are not meant to be handled. All frogs have delicate skin and the oils and salts on our skin can cause them harm. Avoid handling unless necessary and if doing so, make sure to where gloves or wash hands thoroughly before doing so.
  • Size: Approximately 2 – 2.5 inches.
  • Care: Easy
  • Community: Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Azureus’ do fine in groups, pairs, or singly when young. When the animals reach sexual maturity (10-11 months), females can sometimes fight with each other over a male, and may need to be separated. Many keepers prefer to keep tincs in pairs. If a group of Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Azureus’ is raised up together in a large tank with plenty of cover, they typically coexist fine into adulthood.
  • Lifestyle: Diurnal, active during the day.


Tank size varies:

  • 1 – 2 azureus require a 10 – 20 gallon tall tank
  • 3 – 4 azureus require a 30 – 40 gallon tall tank

…and so forth. The rule is 10 gallons per frog when adulthood is reached. But remember, the more room, the better.


Note: A lid is necessary on the tank enclosure to avoid escapes. You may add locks to the lid to ensure no escapes.


Live plants or fake plants will do well in the tank to add foliage in the tank to make your Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Azureus’ feel more at home and comfortable. Live plants will be a better option for the frogs skin. Fake plants are rough and may scrape the skin of your frog(s) as it passes them. Live plants are softer and better off for the frogs skin. However, if using real plants, special lighting is needed for them to thrive in the enclosure. Maintenance is also required to trim the plants monthly to assure they don’t take over the enclosure.  Hiding areas are also needed for your frog(s) to hide in to feel comfortable and safe. You may buy ornaments at a pet shop or even use a piece of PVC pipe to create the hiding area. A corner PVC attatchment works best, as well as a coconut hut.

Lighting and Heating

Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Azureus’ do not need a UVB bulb. All they need is a source of heat through a regular house bulb. If using live plants, special lighting is needed. A fluorescent low UVB tube is ideal as it won’t give out any heat and will help the plants thrive.


Day Time

73 – 78 °F is recommended

Night Time

65 – 72 °F is recommended.


If it is too cold to achieve these temperatures without lights, I recommend using a ceramic heat emitter or a reptile infrared heat light.


Most feedings will include fruit flies, pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Feed frog(s) one day- and then the next day – check to see how many insects are left. If there are still some insects remaining, then wait until the next day to feed. If your desire is to feed daily – then offer fewer insects during the next feeding until you get a feel for it. Feedings really depend on the size of your frog, the age of the frog, and the amount of microfauna in the tank. If housing more than one frog, make sure you see that each frog is eating and that no frog is getting underfed.

Humidity and Hydration

Humidity levels should be above 80%. You may achieve this by spraying down the enclosure several times a day. With an enclosure with such a high humidity, it is very easy for bacteria to build up. Make sure to keep the enclosure clean by doing spot checks every other day.  A water bowl is ideal to add into the enclosure to allow your Dendrobates tinctorius ‘Azureus’ to hydrate if needed. The bowl of water should only be deep enough for the water to reach the frogs elbows if he/she were to jump into it. Make sure to de0chlorinate the water before using. Nonetheless, make sure to change out the water weekly. Standing water will gather bacteria fast and if not replaced, bacteria may build up and harm your frog(s).


Water that is safe to use:


  1. De-chlorinated water
  2. Tap water that has been left out for 24 hours uncovered, allowing the chlorine to evaporate
  3. Bottled water


Choose a good substrate that holds humidity well. A fertilizer free soil, peat moss, Eco-earth or a coco husk substrate would be fine for this. It is important that your substrate is hydrated with water, clean, and fertilizer free. A good layer to put on top would be a nice type of moss bedding. The bedding will help with humidity and will help avoid impaction since it is not a loose type substrate.


Note: The information on this dendrobates tinctorious azeurus care sheet is not a substitute for veterinary care.

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