|Posted by Notion Brook on April 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM|
- Poison dart frogs are among the most famous frogs in the world. They are also referred to as simply poison frogs, arrow-poison frogs, and poison-arrow frogs. The poison dart frogs are a large group of neotropical frogs that belongs to the family of Dendrobatidae. The family comprises of 175 species, some of which are least understood while others are famous
- These amphibians are often called "dart frogs" due to the Amerindians' indigenous use of their toxic secretions to poison the tips of blowdarts
- Most species of poison dart frogs are small, sometimes less than 1.5 cm (0.59 in) in adult length, although a few grow up to 6 cm (2.4 in) in length. They weigh 1 oz. on average
- A single "golden poison frog" harbours enough poison to kill 10 grown men, making these frogsperhaps the most poisonous animals alive. They are one of many species of toxic frogs, which are known as poison dart frogs.
- Poison dart frogs are one of the most brightly-colored creatures on the planet earth. The color of the skin ranges from gold, blue, yellow, black, to the red, copper, and green.
- The average lifespan of poison frogs is 3 to 15 years in the wild.
- They are classified as ‘threatened’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
- These frogs are known to eat ants, termites, and beetles. Scientists believe that they have these frogs digest plant poisons which are carried by their prey.
- These frogs are found in the humid, tropical environments of Latin and Central America. They are endemic to the tropical rainforests of Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Panama, Hawaii, Ecuador, Costa Rica, French, Guiana, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, Bolivia, and Nicaragua.
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