Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini' - 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


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.


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: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini' 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 .75-1” long.


Age: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini' 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 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: Dendrobates tinctorius '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' are mostly 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 in coloration with age. In our experience, even though most froglets start out life green, about 80% stay green, 15% turn yellow, and 5% become blue animals. 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 'Green Sipaliwini' 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.


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 'Green Sipaliwini' 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 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.

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good Review by Ben
good frog (Posted on 2/16/2019)
Beautiful, healthy frogs Review by Melissa
I am very happy with the trio of Sips I bought for my son's vivarium. I have never seen a better packing job. It's obvious how much they care about their animals. All three frogs were active and healthy on arrival. They even ate right after being introduced to their new home. Their colors are beautiful, and they are fascinating to watch! (Posted on 12/2/2018)
Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini' Review by Luis
I ordered 2 Dendrobates tinctorius 'Green Sipaliwini' from Josh. They arrived well packaged, healthy, and very active. I pick them up from the Super Reptile show in San Diego. Upon ordering my frogs, the customer service was impeccable. I had a terrific experience and cannot wait to oder more dart frogs! (Posted on 8/1/2018)
Sipaliwini's from Josh's are Terrific! Review by Chris
The Sip's I purchased from Josh's 1 1/2 years ago were my first dart frogs and now they are amazing. They are blue and big! The fact Josh's has such well cared for frogs is why I had such a good start. These frogs are active and playful it never gets old watching them. Thanks for getting me hooked! (Posted on 5/12/2018)
Shipping and health Review by Samantha
I ordered 2 of these frogs yesterday. customer service was wonderful and told me a time to expect my frogs and with the weather being cold, she recommended to have them shipped to a FedEx facility and I could pick them up when I would like. I however picked them up the minute I got a notification that they had been waiting for me. My dogs came beautifully and they are already bold. Climbing everywhere including my the sides of my glass terrarium. I am so happy and excited I can't stop taking in no pictures! Thank you Josh's frogs! (Posted on 11/9/2017)
Green Sipaliwiwi Review by Nathan
Bought a pair of these two over a month ago. They are active and easy to tell the pair apart. One is a more olive green and the other a more yellowish green on their backs. In love with their personalities and how they move about the vivarium hunting fruit flies. (Posted on 8/6/2017)
Quality frogs Review by Joe
Ordered a pair of these guys when they went on sale. They arrived on time and in perfect health. They were exploring my enclosure right away and ate for me a couple days later after they settled in. They are a beautiful green color and are very active feeders. I'm hoping I'll have a 1.1 pair once they mature a little more! (Posted on 1/29/2016)
Great Review by Corey Bisco
Came in exactly when it was stated it would. They arrived active and ready to hop. Healthy and full of color (Posted on 1/16/2016)
Beautiful frogs! Review by Ryan
I've ordered a couple times and they always meet my expectations. Just recently ordered 3 frogs and they were beautiful, healthy, and arrived on time. Also ordered plants and you can't beat the quality that Josh's Frog has. They have a long life customer here! (Posted on 11/20/2015)
Beautiful and healthy Review by Bradley
Got my first 4 frogs from Josh's Frogs at my hometown convention at a great deal. Brought them home and introduced them to their new 40 gallon home and they looked happy and are always chowing down heartily when I feed them. Love these little guys! (Posted on 9/20/2015)

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