Poison Dart Frog Types

There are several spectacular and uniquely colored types of poison dart frogs. Below is a partial list of some of the most popular types of poison dart frogs.

Dendrobates Azureus

blue poison dart frog

The Dendrobates Azureus is often known simply as the Blue Poison Dart Frog. It is also sometimes known by Okopipi, its Indian name. It is a beautifully colored blue frog with a black pattern on its back. Its colorful look has made it a popular pet frog, though it is recommended that they be kept in pairs.

They are considered a good choice for beginners as they are pretty hardy and require a diet of fruit flies or pinhead crickets.

Dendrobates Leucomelas

Bumblebee Frog

Also called the Yellow Banded Dart Frog or Bumblebee Frog, the Dendrobates Leucomelas is another popular pet frog. This frog has black and yellow bands that stretch across the body when young. As it ages, the band break into spots.

Pet bumblebee frogs can be fed wingless fruit flies or pinhead crickets. These frogs can live up to 10 to 15 years in captivity.


Dendrobates Pumilio

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog

Also known as the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog, the Dendrobates Pumilio has been seen in dozens of different morph color combination. This poison dart frog is native to Central America and Puerto Rico.

The Blue Jeans morph is the most popular with pet frog owners and therefore most frequently associated with the Dendrobates Pumilio.

Dendrobates Tinctorius

dyeing dart frog

Also known as the Dyeing Dart Frog, this species often shows a black and yellow body with blue legs. It is the largest of the poison dart frog species - up to 7cm in length. In the wild, the Tinctorius is among the least poisonous of the dart frogs.

As a pet, it is recommended that these frogs be kept in pairs. Habitat requirements are comparable to other types of poison dart frogs.

Phyllobates Bicolor

Black Legged Dart Frog

The Phyllobates Bicolor is often referred to as the Black-legged Dart Frog. Its coloring is quite similar to the Phyllobates Terribilis, which causes the two to be often confused. The Phyllobates Bicolor generally has darker hind legs than the Terribilis and is a little less toxic in the wild.

Although these frogs are no longer poisonous when bred in captivity, they aren't as easy to care for as other frogs and aren't an ideal choice for beginners.

Phyllobates Terribilis

Golden Poison Frog

The most poisonous of these poison dart frog, the Phyllobates Terribilis. In the wild, just one of these frogs carries enough poison to kill 10 to 20 humans. The Phyllobates Terribilis is also called the Golden Poison Frog. Because scientists believe that the Golden Poison Frog gets its toxicity levels from its diet, this frog loses its poisonous nature when bred in captivity with a steady diet of crickets and fruit flies.

Pet frogs can be kept in groups as they are not as territorial as other types of poison dart frogs.