Dendrobates tinctorius 'Bakhuis' - Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog-

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Defining Characteristics:

  • Great beginner frog
  • Contrasting yellow and black coloration
  • Bold
  • Easy to breed
  • Quiet call
  • Small
  • Can be kept in groups when young
  • Best kept in pairs as adults


Name: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Bakhuis'. Commonly called 'Bakhuis' in the US frog hobby, in Europe they are sometimes called Ensink tinctorius (due to Ensink bringing this morph to Holland, and introducing it into the trade. In the US, I've seen them incorrectly referred to as Ensing tinctorius.


Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single or pair of Dendrobates tinctorius 'Bakhuis', 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 'Bakhuis' 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, Bakhuis 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 Bakhuis are larger, measuring in at approximately 1.25 inches. Male Bakhuis are a bit smaller, averaging about 1 inch at maturity. Bakhuis are a dwarf morph of tinctorius, and are quite a small tinc! All of the Dendrobates tinctorius 'Bakhuis' froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 3/4” long.


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


Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, Bakhuis prefer smaller foods. All of the Bakhuis Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Dendrobates tinctorius 'Bakhuis' 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 'Bakhuis' is not sexable until 10-12 months of age. Male Bakhuis 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 'Bakhuis' appear mostly black with yellow dots and dashes. In some individuals, yellow lines are present. Older animals may take on a white and black appearance - this can be corrected by color enhancer supplementation.  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 'Bakhuis' 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 Bakhuis in pairs as adults. Bakhuis are a bit of an exception - given at least 10 gallons per frog, we've found keeping them in groups can work very well. 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: Bakhuis are very simple and easy to breed. Like most Dendrobates tinctorius, Bakhuis 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 'Bakhuis' is native to Suriname, where it occurs on Bakhuis mountain near Raleigh Falls.


History in the Hobby: Brought into Holland by Ensink, Bakhuis became established in Europe before being imported into the United States by Sean Stewart. A relatively new morph of tinctorius to the US hobby, they breed well and are widely available.


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 'Bakhuis' from Josh's Frogs is 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.

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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:

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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 85 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.

Read What Others Are Saying:

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awesome frogs Review by eric
very new to dart frogs and just got my first two frogs in today and they are very active even when they been out of the box they were shipped in for about 3 hours now. one is hiding right now and one tries to escape the grow out tub when I open the container. they seem to be very healthy and I can't wait till they get big enough to be able to see the markings on them. would buy frogs from Josh's Frogs again. great packaging and they answer all and I mean all of my MANY questions (Posted on 9/14/2017)
Nice color Review by Alison
He's so stinking cute (Posted on 8/22/2017)
Climber on my hands Review by Ally
He loves to climb which is entertaining. (Posted on 8/15/2017)
Bold, Colorful, Small Review by Jeff
Do AMAZING in groups. I have 5, all bought from Josh's. 2 in in March and 3 more a month later. Best 1st of a frogs to get, they're very active and I can always find a few that are fun to watch. And very hard to get too apparently (Posted on 7/1/2017)
Very bold frogs! Review by Jeanette
I got two of these little guys just over two weeks ago from Josh's Frogs! They are doing great! They are happy and healthy. Every day when I get home from work, I sit in my chair right next to their tank and they both hop right out to the front of the glass. They look at me like I am the mighty bringer of tasty food and I can't help but give them more fruit flies...I might be over-feeding them, but they're just so cute! Anyway, I was really impressed with the customer service that I received and I will be ordering from Josh's Frogs again! (Posted on 8/30/2016)
Great frogs for a beginner like me! Review by New Frogs
Love these little guys! I've been reef keeping for 35 years and I had bred pythons for years; I've always wanted to try dart frogs and I took the plunge with Josh's Frogs! I made a beautiful terrarium for these guys and they love it! One is more reclusive and has made a house under a leaf in the rear of the terrarium. He never strays far from there unless I feed them. The second one is all over the place! He has claimed a bromeliad halfway up the tank and roosts there. During the day, he explores the whole tank! I love their color! I cannot wait to see them full size! Thanks Josh's Frogs! (Posted on 7/4/2016)
GREAT Review by David
Its been around a month since i got the frogs and they are happy and healthy. They obviously had a good plane ride because they were not stressed at all. Both ate immediately after i put them in their tanks. Also its nice to mention the amazing customer service i have received from this company! (Posted on 6/29/2016)
Great Review by David
The frog is beautiful! Its been around a month since i got the frogs and they are happy and healthy. They obviously had a good plane ride because they were not stressed at all. Both ate immediately after i put them in their tanks. Also its nice to mention the amazing customer service i have received from this company! (Posted on 6/29/2016)
arrived happy and healthy Review by Wrharbour
Was more than pleased with my order and the customer service to ensure they would be delivered on a day I would be home. (Posted on 6/1/2016)
Excellent! Review by Stephen
I ordered two Bakhuis morphs and they arrived this morning. I couldn't be happier with my first dart frogs! They're healthy and both already eating well. As they get more accustomed to their new home, they are gradually becoming more bold. Love them! (Posted on 11/7/2015)

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