Get too close and you’ll croak it

Meet some mem­bers of the most dan­ger­ous fam­ily in the world

World of Animals - - Poison Dart Frogs -

Straw­berry poi­son dart frog

Oophaga pumilio

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

Phyl­lo­bates bi­color

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

Mannophryne trini­tatis

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

Den­dro­bates tinc­to­rius

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

Den­dro­bates au­ra­tus

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

Oophaga gran­ulif­era

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.

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