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Blue Poison Dart Frog

Dendrobates azureus

Description:

Most species of poison dart frogs are small, sometimes less than 1.5 centimetres (0.59 in) in adult length, although a few grow up to 6 centimetres (2.4 in) in length. They weigh about 2 grams, depending on the size of the frog. Most poison dart frogs are brightly colored, displaying aposematic patterns to warn potential predators. Their bright coloration is associated with their toxicity and levels of alkaloids. Frogs like the ones of Dendrobates species have high levels of alkaloids, whereas the Colostethus species are cryptically colored and are nontoxic.[5] When born and raised in captivity, poison frogs do not produce the skin toxins which they attain in their native habitats.[6]

Habitat:

Poison dart frogs are endemic to humid, tropical environments of Central and Latin America (South America).[3] These frogs are generally found in tropical rainforests, including in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana, Peru, Panama, Guyana, Nicaragua, and Hawaii (introduced).[3][10] Natural habitats include subtropical or tropical, moist, lowland forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, subtropical or tropical, moist, montanes and rivers, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, lakes and swamps. Other species can be found in seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, arable land, pastureland, rural gardens, plantations, moist savanna and heavily degraded former forest. Premontane forests and rocky areas have also been known to hold frogs. Dendrobatids tend to live on or close to the ground, but also in trees as much as 10 metres (33 ft) from the ground.[11]

Notes:

Seen at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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13 Comments

the-forest-room1
the-forest-room1 7 years ago

good spotting!

July Llanes
July Llanes 9 years ago

Thank you Carol!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

I love this photo so much and shared this at my FB nature group because this week is BLUE week!

July Llanes
July Llanes 9 years ago

Thanks PattyC! :) I have been real busy but soon I will take more time and post some more. :) I'm very happy to be able to share my pictures with such a wonderful community here at Project Noah.

Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes 9 years ago

Gorgeous color!

patty
patty 9 years ago

Great spotting and picture; all your pictures are great

July Llanes
July Llanes 9 years ago

Thanks! :)

Rico Bopanna
Rico Bopanna 9 years ago

very colourful

ArvindPrajapat
ArvindPrajapat 9 years ago

nice shot

July Llanes
July Llanes 9 years ago

Thanks! Gracias! :)

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

buenisisisisisisisisima foto!

caldasrafa
caldasrafa 9 years ago

so nice!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Beautiful!

July Llanes
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July Llanes

Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 24, 2010
Submitted on Jan 17, 2012

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