Get too close and you’ll croak it
Meet some members of the most dangerous family in the world
Strawberry poison dart frog
males of this species keep their mate’s eggs moist by urinating on them. once hatched, the females carry them to water-filled bromeliad plants and lays infertile eggs for them to eat. – hence
their latin name Oophaga pumilio, or ‘little egg eater’.
Black-legged poison frog
also known as the bi-colour poison dart frog, this endangered native of central and south america is the second most toxic of all frogs. it is used by hunters to poison the tips of their arrows
before they venture out to hunt jaguars, monkeys and birds.
Trinidadian stream frog
members of the dart frog family, these frogs have a loud call. they are often known as ‘rocket frogs’ due to their ability to jump. unlike their golden cousins, it would take thousands of these
frogs to produce enough poison to kill a human.
Dyeing poison dart frog
this species gets its name from a legend that claims indigenous
people used it to change the colour of a parrot’s feathers. multiple colour morphs of this species exist, with the yellow and
blue ‘citronella’ a favourite among hobbyist keepers.
Green-and-black poison dart frog
these striking frogs are excellent climbers, able to clamber up to 45 metres (147.6 feet) high. during mating season males battle each other to establish their territories. they then produce a
trilling call and rub their legs together to attract a female.
Granular poison dart frog
these arboreal frogs nest in trees, laying eggs in small holes on curled up leaves or in twig forks. they are found in Panama and costa rica and are classified as Vulnerable - their numbers are
in decline due to the reduction of their natural habitat.