Spooky Facts About Poison Dart Frogs
- The golden poison frog is the most toxic land animal in the world – it has enough venom to kill 10 adult men!
- This species was used by the Choco people of Colombia to coat the tips of the blow darts used for hunting.
- A single golden poison frog, only an inch long, can supply enough poison for 30 to 50 darts, and the dart’s poison remains active for up to a year.
- Researchers have found this frog’s toxins to be 200 times more potent than morphine and could potentially be used in medicine.
- Frogs develop the poisons from their diet of spiders, ants, termites, centipedes, and beetles- but it is not known whether the poison originates from their prey or from the prey and plants of the prey themselves.
- Captive frogs do not have the poison, and some species can be easily bred and are popular as pets.
- Each of the roughly 200 species of frogs has a unique and beautiful color pattern, thought to be useful in signaling to their potential predators their deadliness.
- Poison dart frogs are native to the rainforests of Central and South America. Many are threatened with extinction due to destruction of their rainforest habitat.
Learn more about dart-poison frogs from the San Diego Zoo
Download this Dart-Poison Frog poster
FROGS OF OREGON
No, we do not have poison dart frogs where I live in Oregon. But, I shot this video recently at sunset while exploring a lake near my home in central Oregon. We were gleefully surprised by a wonderful natural phenomenon I have never witnessed before. Check it out on this short 2-minute video!