This species is widespread on the western flank of the eastern Andes, and the eastern flank of the central Andes, in Colombia, between 350 and 1,200m elevation.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in tropical humid, dry and very dry forests, on the lowest stratum of the forests, in the Caribbean and Andean region. The eggs are terrestrial and the adults then carry the tadpoles to temporary pools, where the tadpoles develop further. It is also known from disturbed habitats such as banana plantations, although it does require that the habitat be not entirely cleared.
It is a very common species.
This species was popular in the pet trade but is now listed by CITES. It is very difficult to breed in captivity. There are no major threats to the species at present. It could be threatened by the pet trade if the CITES status was lifted.
The range of the species includes at least two protected areas on the Atlantic Coast. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES. Maintaining the CITES listing of this species is necessary to ensure its survival.
Fernando Castro, John Lynch 2004. Dendrobates truncatus. In: IUCN 2013