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Amazonian Poison Frog

Ranitomeya ventrimaculata


R. ventrimaculata secretes poison through glands in the skin which protect it from fungi and bacteria as well as from predators, which are also warned to stay clear by its warning coloration. It is often included among the dart-poison frogs, although its toxin is comparatively weak. These frogs really are tiny, see last photo for scale.




I was so happy to spot a species of poison dart frog. We spotted this on a wide trail that marks the boundary of Tupana Aru reserve. This frog did not like to stay still for long but eventually relaxed a little. Even my guide said that he didn't see poison dart frogs often. I asked if it was okay to pick up after he handled it and he said it was okay, so I included that as my last photo. I don't have a problem with a person in the photo for scale, especially if it is not the main image. This was a tough one to ID but I'm pretty sure I am right.

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41 Comments (1–25)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks Harsha!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago


Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks Toshimi!

ToshimiDowaki 8 years ago

Great series!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks Sckel, Manuljie, Carol, Lauren, Mac and outsidegirl.

outsidegirl0 8 years ago


MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Congratulations Dan!

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Remarkable little frog! Congratulations!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Incredibly small! What great macros. Wonderful little frog. Congratulations!

Sckel 8 years ago

Congratulations my friends. I hope you have done the research, because I ask questions. :D

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks Ramya, Kya, Larry and mendes.

mendes.madalena 8 years ago

the fourth is funny, how small!

LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Lovely SOTD!

Kya 8 years ago

What an alerting color.

Ramya B
Ramya B 8 years ago

Very nice ! Congos...

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

That is great Yasser, thanks for SOTD! Thank you also Noel, J, Leanne, Subin, Fyn, Joshua, Daniele, Satyen, Kranti and EnvUnlimited.

Congratulations Dan!

Kranti Dhiman
Kranti Dhiman 8 years ago

awesome ! congrats !!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Wonderful one Dan! Congrats!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Congratulations Dan!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Congrats Dan! Wonderful pattern combination on this precious little beauty.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

This is awesome Dan! Congrats on the great spotting. I just learned today the reason we don't see many frogs anymore, like poison dart frogs, is because they are getting destroyed by all kinds of matter. They need to be saved super bad.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Awesome sighting! Congratulations Dan!

Subin S
Subin S 8 years ago

Congratzz Dan! Great spotting! Love the 4th one :)

Yasser 8 years ago

Dan, congratulations on another Spotting of the Day! This is a gorgeous frog and the last photo really shows how tiny it is. Thanks for all of the amazing contributions you've made and congrats again on earning this great recognition.


Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia

Spotted on Dec 9, 2012
Submitted on Aug 1, 2013

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