Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus' - Blue Poison Dart Frog-


Quantity Available: 25

Defining Characteristics:

  • Great beginner frog
  • Bright blue coloration
  • Bold
  • Easy to breed
  • Quiet call
  • Large
  • Can be kept in groups when young
  • Best kept in pairs as adults


Name: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus'. Formerly known as Dendrobates azureus until genetic testing proved D. azureus was another population of Dendrobates tinctorius. Commonly called the Sky Blue Poison Dart Frog, Blue Poison Arrow Frog, or the Dyeing Poison Dart Frog (based on an early belief that natives used brightly colored frogs to dye fabric).


Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus', 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: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus' 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, Azureus 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 Azureus are larger, measuring in at approximately 2 inches. Male Azureus are a bit smaller, averaging about 1.5 inches at maturity. All of the Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus' froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 1” long.


Age: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus' 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 Azureus may live 4-6 years. All Azureus for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.


Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, Azureus prefer smaller foods. All of the azureus Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus' 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 'Azureus' is not sexable until 10-12 months of age. Male Azureus 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, all Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus' are mostly blue in color with a varying degree of black spots. The blue can range from a very dark, deep blue to a light sky blue in some individuals. Spots can be large in some individual Azureus, but generally are less than 1cm across. 'Fine Spot' or 'Small Spot' lines of Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus' have been created by line breeding. 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 'Azureus' 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 Azureus 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 mxing! Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them – this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair.


Breeding: Azureus are very simple and easy to breed. Like most Dendrobates tinctorius, Azureus 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 'Azureus' 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 Azureus are found. It is estimated that the population of Azureus in the pet trade is several times larger than the wild population at any point in history.


History in the Hobby: Discovered in 1968, Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus' were imported for the first time in 1970. Most Azureus descend from imports in the 1980s and early 1990s. Many lines exist in the hobby, generally reflecting individual imports from Suriname or Europe. All Azureus in the pet trade descend from one population in the wild, and can safely be bred together. Josh's Frogs works with several lines of Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus', and pairs different lines with each other to maintain genetic variability in the frogs we sell.


Links of Interest:
A brief description of the discovery of Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus'.
Basic Information on Azureus.
Tinctorius Morphguide, with great information on all morphs of Dendrobates tinctorius.
IUCN Redlist article on Dendrobates tinctorius.
Taxonomy of Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus' on the American Museum of Natural History website.


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

Poison Dart Frogs are small, colorful neotropical amphibians native to Central and South America. Poison Dart frogs have greatly increased in popularity in recent years, and have become easy to care for, rewarding pets. Josh's Frogs, the largest breeder of poison dart frogs, breeds all of the poison dart frogs we sell at our breeding facility in Owosso, MI.

Starting out? Please read our introductory article for new frog keepers 'Before You Buy'. This blog addresses everything you need to know before purchasing dart frogs.

For species specific poison dart frog care sheets, please visit the Dart Frog Care Sheets section of

To view all of the healthy, captive bred frogs we currently have available, please visit our Frogs For Sale page.

Shipping for any number of frogs is just $39.99. Frogs are shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight and are delivered by 12:00 pm to most locations, Tuesday through Friday. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependent on your availability and weather.


Please respond to our Frog Shipping Email, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive. We'll email back to confirm after checking your local weather conditions.


We can ship directly to your address, as long as your local overnight low temperature is above 39F the night of shipping, and your high temperature is below 91F at noon on the day of arrival. If your overnight lows are below 40F but above 29F, Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your high temperature is over 90F at the guarantee 'delivered by' time (typically 12pm), Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your overnight low is below 30F, Josh's Frogs retains the right to hold frog shipping until temperatures increase due to safety concerns. We will hold the frogs at our facility for any length of time necessary to ensure that the frogs you order are received in the best of health. This policy is designed with the best interests and health of our animals at heart!


To find your nearest appropriate FedEx location, click here and follow the instructions below:

  • Enter your zip code in the top search box.

  • Click the Filter button.

  • Check Staffed Location.

  • Expand Additional services, and check the Hold package at location for pickup box.

  • Close the filter box and search for locations.


FedEx's website will display the nearest locations where you may pick up your frogs. We'll look up the locations for you when you call to schedule frog shipping. You do not need to check your temperature before ordering frogs - Josh's Frogs will take care of this when contacted about scheduling shipment. Frog orders require contact from our customer prior to being shipped out, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive, and to check your local weather conditions.


Shipping for any number of frogs is a flat rate $39.99. This includes postage, a box with 1" styrofoam insulation, gel packs, heat/ice packs and/or phase 22 panels if necessary. Josh's Frogs has been shipping frogs since 2004 and has shipped thousands of animals safely. We have a special contract with UPS to ship live animals directly to residential addresses and guarantee live arrival as long as our Live Arrival Conditions are met.

Josh's Frogs guarantees the Health & Live Arrival of all frogs.

All frog shipments are sent via FedEx Priority Overnight. Josh's Frogs guarantees that all frogs will arrive alive and in good health, provided that temperatures on day of arrival do not exceed 90 degrees before the frogs are delivered to home or business address, or nearest FedEx location. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 40 degrees for delivery to home or business address. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 30 degrees for pickup at the nearest FedEx location. Someone is there to accept the package on first delivery attempt, or package is picked up by noon the day of arrival if package is held at a FedEx location for pickup. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

If frogs arrive deceased or in poor condition, Josh's Frogs requires that the customer notifies us of the condition of the animal(s) within 1 hour of arrival via email at, or at (800) 691-8178. Picture(s) of the animal(s) must be sent by 4pm EST day of arrival to Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

Josh's Frogs offers a 3 day health guarantee on all animals purchased from Josh's Frogs. If animal(s) purchased arrive in good shape but fail to thrive within 3 days, Josh's Frogs requires that pictures of the animal(s) and their habitat is emailed to within 3 days of the animal's arrival. When emailing the pictures, please include relavent habitat information, such as average humidity and temperature. A Josh's Frogs representative will then contact the customer and discuss poison dart frog care. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

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Awesome!!! Review by Ryan
Got 2 of these amazing frogs and they came very full of energy and very well packed. Fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. Very highly recommend Josh's frogs safety of the animals and customer service is very well thought of by them (Posted on 3/14/2019)
Beautiful frogs Review by HKE
Great service! frogs arrived happy and healthy a little over a year ago. This month they have started laying eggs (Posted on 3/13/2019)
Outstanding Review by Ken
I was slow to warm to these frogs. They are now a favorite. Every morning they are waiting to be fed. Not nasty, just very hungry. They watch what is going on outside. I had 6, with no help from me there are now 8, they must have used the plants. All are doing well. Fantastic Frogs. Simply Fantastic. Ken (Posted on 2/14/2019)
One of my all-time favorite dart frogs Review by Mark
I have been into dart frogs for quite a while and these are still one of my absolute favorite species of dart frogs. They're an incredibly bold, active and personable species. These guys sometimes jump out of the tank when it's time to feed them because they're so excited to eat and it just cracks me up. Highly recommend these for someone who is interested in getting into dart frogs; you won't regret it. (Posted on 1/29/2019)
dart frog love Review by JoAnna
i purchased 4 dart frogs from the site and they are all doing extremely well , still have all 4 now they are little fattys and so adorable . Super bright blue and very healthy when they came they were packed up nicely in their little cups , if your considering ordering do it you wont be let down !!! (Posted on 1/24/2019)
Arrived Alive and well Review by Chris
I have had these for about a month and a half now. They arrived healthy and alert. Adjusted very well to their new home. They are a pleasure to watch. (Posted on 12/10/2018)
For New Frog Owners Review by Taylor
These are my first amphibian pets (2 azureus), so I came into this with very little knowledge. After doing a ton of reading on this website, which is a wealth of information, and dendroboard, I ordered the 18x18x24 vivarium starter kit, then the frogs a couple weeks after. Packaged wonderfully and carefully, Josh’s Frogs takes a lot of care in getting these guys to you alive and well. They hopped around a good bit the first day but then went into hiding for about 2 full months. If/when this happens, have patience! As long as your temp/humidity is okay and you’re putting in food, following all the guidelines so clearly laid out on this website (or amazingly helpful helpdesk support), you’re not doing it wrong. I started to try to figure out what I could possibly be doing to make them so scared of me- the truth is they just need to acclimate. It’s hard because this is exactly the time you’re excited to see your new frogs hopping around. I would duck as I walked past the tank to not disturb them, and talk really quietly within 10’ of the cage... looking back I’m laughing- they will acclimate to the environment they are in, and now it’s been about 9 months, they practically run over to say hi to me (or beg for food...). They are a continual source of entertainment for me, I could (and do sometimes) stare at them for hours. Azureus are active, bold, and mine love to climb as high as they possibly can on the sticks, glass, and plants... total monkeys. So this lengthy review is to assuage any fears a new owner might have about hiding baby frogs! Wait it out and they will totally acclimate to your lifestyle (within reason!) (Posted on 12/6/2018)
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Ive Had My Dart Frog For Almost A Year And He's Doing Amazing! This Is One Of The Best Species Of Dart Frogs Ever! (Posted on 10/28/2018)
Fun to watch Review by joseph
These guys are not only entertaining to watch, but they also each have their own personalities. I have them in a 75 gallon aquarium, with multiple levels, and they love it. Two are like best friends and always seem to hop around with each other. A third one kind of hangs back on his own, but still stays in closeish proximity to the other two. The fourth is like the supreme hunter, and anytime i open the top, he hops out and kind of bows up and stares me down.
Ive owned them for quite a few months now, and theyre growing very well. As always, they arrived eating well, and i didnt feel like i needed to put them in a temporary container for more than a day. Within 12 hours of being in their giant enclosure, they started exploring each area, and found all their favorite spots. They eat well, give each other space, and dont compete for food. In under a month, they understood i give them food, and dont hop away even when my hand is near them. I have to lightly tap them to get them to move, if i need them to get off of a plant, or move so i can landscape the tank a little. (Posted on 7/31/2018)
They look great, healthy and well packed for shipping Review by Fat Frog Man
Frogs arrived well packed and had cooling gels inside Styrofoam box. plastic cups frogs were in were tapped well and surrounded with packing paper to secure cups from moving during transit.

Frogs are in good shape, healthy and were ready to hunt once released into their new home. (Posted on 6/29/2018)

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