Poison dart frogs can be really beautiful. Living in the wet, tropical forests of Central and South America, these little amphibians can be found in various colors, including green, yellow, gold, red, and more. Although this bright coloring makes it stand out in the forest, the poison dart frog’s bright skin also tells predators that this little creature could be full of deadly poison.
- There are more than 100 species of poison dart frogs
- The poison dart frog’s brightly colored skin warns predators to stay away
You may have heard the story that indigenous tribes reportedly used the poison dart frog’s skin as a deadly addition to their spears, but these frogs have a far-deadlier weapon than their skin: their tongues.
Like many frogs, the poison dart frog uses its tongue to catch small insects. By shooting out its sticky tongue, the animal can catch ants, termites, and other bugs that actually give the frog its poison.
The Poison Dart Frogs Poison
Although their name might suggest huge amounts of poison, this category of frog isn’t usually a big threat to humans. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t do any harm — and some species are more deadly than others.
The golden poison dart frog, found within a small section of the Columbian rain forest, holds enough poison to kill ten men.Sadly, however, humans are a much greater threat to the golden poison dart frog than they are to us. These amazing little frogs are on the endangered species list, thanks to pollution and habitat loss.