Dendrobates tinctorius 'Powder Blue' - Dyeing Poison Arrow Frog-


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Defining Characteristics:

  • Great beginner frog
  • Contrasting Coloration
  • Bold | Easy to Breed
  • Quiet Call
  • Very Large
  • Can be kept in groups when young
  • Best kept in pairs as adults


Name: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Powder Blue'. Some individuals of this population which had more gray legs were once (and sometimes still are) referred to as Dendrobates tinctorius 'Powder Gray'. In the hobby, these poison dart frogs are commonly called powder blue tincs, or simply powder blues or powders.


Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Dendrobates tinctorius 'Powder Blue', 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 'Powder Blue' 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, Powder Blues 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: These are one of the largest forms of Dendrobates tinctorius. Adult female Powder Blue tincs are larger, measuring in at approximately 2.5 inches. Male Powder Blue tincs are a bit smaller, averaging about 2 inches at maturity. All of the Dendrobates tinctorius 'Powder Blue' froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 1” long.


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


Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, Powder blues prefer smaller foods. All of the powder blue tincs Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Dendrobates tinctorius 'Powder Blue' 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 'Powder Blue' is not sexable until 10-12 months of age. Male Powder Blues 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 'Powder Blue' are mostly black  in color with a varying degree of yellow or white striping on the back. This poison dart frog has very variable leg color and pattern. Named for the predominately powder blue color of their legs, these frogs can have gray or blue legs with varying degrees of black spotting (no spotting in rare individuals). In the past, these frogs were separated after import as 'powder blue' and 'powder gray' tincs. After breeding these frogs in captivity and observing the resulting variable offspring (blue legs threw offspring with gray legs, and vice versa), both Dendrobates tinctorius 'Powder Blue' and D. t. 'Powder Gray' are the same morph, and should be mixed/housed together. 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 'Powder Blue' 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 Powder Blues 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: Powder Blues are very simple and easy to breed. Like most Dendrobates tinctorius, Powder Blues 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 'Powder Blue' hails from the southwestern side of Suriname. Powder blues live east of the Tapanahony River, where the river originates Eilerts de Haan Mountains near Brazil. This locale is surrounded by typical 'Cobalt' looking tinctorius, and it obviously very closely related.


History in the Hobby: Dendrobates tinctorius 'Powder Blue' was one of the earlier tincs available in the hobby, having been imported from Suriname by 1994 (if not a year or two earlier). Powder Blue tincs have been present in the hobby ever since, but are often overlooked as a 'common' (and thus undesirable) frog. Due to their large size, bold behavior, and ease of breeding, I'm sure Dendrobates tinctorius 'Powder Blue' will continue to be in the hobby for years to come.


Links of Interest:

Dendrobates tinctorius Morphguide article on Powder Blues

A good thread on Dendroboard about the Powder Blue/Gray debate



Still not sure if Dendrobates tinctorius 'Powder Blue' 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.

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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!


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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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Bought 2 at Repticon Review by Sherri
We absolutely love our powder blues! Now that they're adjusting to their new home and we've added more plants, they're way more active. Looking forward to getting a bigger tank and getting more at the next show! (Posted on 2/17/2018)
Nice color Review by Alison
He's so stinking cute (Posted on 8/22/2017)
Very Nice healthy frogs Review by craigcal56
my fogs came carefully packed healthy Nice colors cute and feeding well
very happy joshes frogs is the best (Posted on 1/30/2016)
Very bold, trusting and very busy frogs! Love them Review by Doreen
I have 6 of the Dusty blues and they are one of the most animated friendly group I have. They are always looking for food and sit altogether in anticipation of being fed. When they're done eating they come to the glass to beg for more.
i definitely would recommend for beginner to advanced. Love my frogs!! (Posted on 8/20/2015)
Trio of powder blues Review by Bill
Got 3 great very diff pattern powder blues from josh frogs all 3 eat well and are out all the time . Would buy from u All again ty Bill (Posted on 4/20/2014)
Powder Blue__ "Tinc" Review by Jerry in Ga.
Received my "Tinctorius- Patricia" Yesterday & it was so beautifully colored & Active, I ordered a "Tinc-Powder Blue & He made The Scene this a.m. about 11:30 & hasnt slowed down yet.
These are 2 more beautiful little fellers" They took to their new home; like a hog does to a mudhole. I have them in a 24 x18 x24 Avarium & they have plenty of room to do what Frogs do. Jump :-) I am no authority on Frogs, but if seeing & Knowing what Nature & Loviness is, Then I am an Expert. Because, { Joshs Frogs } Excel, Over any I have seen anywhere- Period.. My Wife even thinks they are Lovely & she dosent hand out much praise for 'Anything with more than 2 legs or Crawls'. & as For Customer Service, 'That Amanda & Chris' are ______ In The Groove___' jerry (Posted on 1/16/2013)
A+ Products and service Review by Chris
I had Ordered 5 Powder Blues and the staff at Josh's Frogs informed me that they would not be shipping them at the date I had requested because of overnight temperature low, (SE Wisconsin). They were shipped later that week for me to pick up at a local FedEx office. I am very satisfied with their customer support.
The frogs came in excellent health, and are very pretty, with healthy appetites.
(Posted on 11/20/2012)
Perfect Review by Erik
Got my powder blues today...excellent job packing and shipping, had no issues with their condition upon arrival,...The little pigs started eating almost immediately after being introduced into their new tank...Thanks Josh and your crew!!! (Posted on 7/10/2012)
Great frogs!!! Review by Hamp
I got 4 of these guys a while ago and wanted to see how they did before commenting. They are great and growing well, very bold and at least one of them is out all the time. They were very healthy and robust guys when theyu arrived. All are great eaters and they come running every time I open their enclosure. They have grown a lot since I got them and their colors are very bright and bold. They are in an 18" x 18" x 24" high Exo-terra vivarium. It is well planted and has lots of hiding places, not that they use them much, except at night when they tuck away for the evening.. (Posted on 5/25/2012)
neat frogs Review by mandy
I have four of these frogs and they are beautiful frogs. I find that they hide a lot and I sometimes go a day or two without seeing all of them which is a bummer but they are still neat little guys (Posted on 2/13/2012)

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