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Golden Poison Dart Frog

Phyllobates terribilis


The most poisonous land animal in the world.


Tropical Rainforest



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KarenL 10 years ago

A wild golden poison dart frog has enough toxins to kill 100 adult humans, making it one of the most poisonous animals on earth. The toxin is absorbed through the skin, dulling the nerves and producing heart and respiratory failure. In captivity the toxicity decreases and is almost zero in captive-bred animals.

G u s t a v o
G u s t a v o 10 years ago

This is an endangered specie Please, try not to play the scientist and help protect their habitat! Great picture!

It is amazing that such a small animal can be so dangerous

al-ee-oop 12 years ago

Oh interesting DanielePralong. & JuanDiTrani, it sounds like you have some traveling in the future. :)
I think what makes them more hungry is that they are a bigger sized dart frog. I am sure you could get them to breed in captivity, but I didn't wish to find out for myself. I'm happy with my one,Topaz :)

DanielePralong 12 years ago

The Dentrobates poison dart frogs can even take up a toxin from their prey and tweak the chemical to make it a more deadly weapon! Note sure if this applies to these guys though. Fascinating creatures!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 12 years ago

Impressive frog. I have many Dart frog pictures, but unfortunatelly this frog is not found in Panama.

lori.tas 12 years ago

I wonder what makes them so hungry? Are you able to get them to breed in captivity?

al-ee-oop 12 years ago

Yes, that is correct. I feed it pin head crickets. So this particular specimen of Golden Poison Dart Frog is not poisonous, because of what it eats. It isn't eating the ants that carry the toxins from the particular poison plant to the dart frog, that it would get in it's natural environment. This species of poison dart frog has a more voracious appetite out of the other species in it's family.

lori.tas 12 years ago

Although, apparently they get their toxicity from their environment. Ones raised in captivity, though they still require careful handling, are not anywhere near as poisonous.

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Amazonas, Colombia

Spotted on Sep 22, 2011
Submitted on Sep 22, 2011

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