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"Blue Jeans" Poison dart frog

Oophaga pumilio

Description:

The strawberry poison frog or strawberry poison-dart frog (Oophaga pumilio or Dendrobates pumilio) is a species of small amphibian poison dart frog found in Central America. It is common throughout its range, which extends from eastern central Nicaragua through Costa Rica and northwestern Panama. The species is often found in humid lowlands and premontane forest, but large populations are also found in disturbed areas such as plantations.The strawberry poison frog is perhaps most famous for its widespread variation in coloration, comprising approximately 15–30 color morphs, most of which are presumed to be true-breeding.O. pumilio, while not the most poisonous of the dendrobatids, is the most toxic member of its genus.

Habitat:

Oophaga pumilio is diurnal and primarily terrestrial, and can often be found in leaf litter in both forested and disturbed areas. Though brightly colored and toxic, these frogs are relatively small, growing to approximately 17.5–22 mm in standard length. Males are extremely territorial, guarding small territories.

Notes:

Blue jeans The blue jeans morph of O. pumilio is most common throughout the species range, but is relatively rare in the United States pet trade. Most of these animals came from the original imports during the 1990s, or are descendant from these animals. This morph can be found throughout Costa Rica, as well as mainland Panama.

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Félix
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Félix

Limón, Costa Rica

Lat: 10.08, Long: -83.60

Spotted on Jul 15, 2012
Submitted on Jul 16, 2012

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