Poison Dart Frog
The poison dart frogs are an extremely colourful group of frogs from the rainforests of the New World. Their bright colours are a warning signal: these frogs excrete dangerous nerve poisons on their skin that are lethal to careless predators. The South American Choco-indians use this poison for rubbing it on their blow-gun darts. One frog has enough poison for even 50 hunting darts! Unlike most frogs, the poison dart frogs are usually diurnal. Depending on the species, they may live in the trees or on the forest floor. The poison dart frogs lay their eggs on the ground or e.g. in a drop of water among the leaves of a bromeliad plant. With many species the parents take care of the eggs and the tadpoles.
Size: 1,5-6 cm
Range: Central and South American rainforests