Poison Dart Frog
Inhabits the jungles of Central and South America!
Poison Dart Frog Scientific Classification
- Scientific Name
Poison Dart Frog Conservation Status
Poison Dart Frog Facts
- Main Prey
- Insects, Ants, Spiders
- Tropical jungle and wet forests
- Average Litter Size
- Favorite Food
- Inhabits the jungles of Central and South America!
Poison Dart Frog Physical Characteristics
- Skin Type
- Top Speed
- 10 mph
- 2-4 years
- 2-7g (0.07-0.25oz)
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Poison dart frogs are a group of frogs that are native to the tropical jungles of Central and South America. Poison dart frogs excrete toxins through their skins, and the brightly coloured bodies of poison dart frogs warn potential predators not to eat them.
Poison dart frogs vary in size, colour and the levels of toxin that they produce depending on the species of poison dart frog and the area in which it lives. There are more than 175 different species of poison dart frog known to be inhabiting the jungles across Central and South America.
Poison dart frogs are often known as dart frogs or poison arrow frogs due to the fact that the tribes-people living close to the poison dart frogs, would use their poison in order to tip the ends of their arrows and blow-darts.
Poison dart frogs live on the ground or in the foliage just above it. Poison dart frogs are found in moist and humid forests that are free from high levels of pollution. Today, many species of poison dart frogs are considered to be critically endangered in the wild, mainly due to pollution and habitat loss.
Poison dart frogs are carnivorous animals that survive on a diet purely made up of meat. Poison dart frogs shoot out their long, sticky tongues to catch flies, ants, insects, spiders and termites.
Due to the high toxin levels produced by the poison dart frog, it has very few predators in the wild. Many animals will become extremely sick from just licking a poison dart frog, so they won’t approach them. There is only one species of snake that is known to be immune to the poison of the poison dart frog.
Many species of poison dart frog, make devoted parents as they carry their newborn hatchings from ground-level where they were laid to the safety of the canopy above. The eggs stick to mucus on the back of the mother poison dart frog, while she carries it a water-pool in a flower high in the trees. The female poison dart frog does this with all of her babies, and lays an unfertilised egg in the water for her young to eat.View all 41 animals that start with P
Poison Dart Frog FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Are Poison Dart Frogs herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores?
Poison Dart Frogs are Carnivores, meaning they eat other animals.
What Kingdom do Poison Dart Frogs belong to?
Poison Dart Frogs belong to the Kingdom Animalia.
What class do Poison Dart Frogs belong to?
Poison Dart Frogs belong to the class Amphibia.
What phylum to Poison Dart Frogs belong to?
Poison Dart Frogs belong to the phylum Chordata.
What family do Poison Dart Frogs belong to?
Poison Dart Frogs belong to the family Dendrobatidae.
What order do Poison Dart Frogs belong to?
Poison Dart Frogs belong to the order Anura.
What type of covering do Poison Dart Frogs have?
Poison Dart Frogs are covered in Permeable skin.
In what type of habitat do Poison Dart Frogs live?
Poison Dart Frogs live in tropical jungles and wet forests.
What is the main prey for Poison Dart Frogs?
Poison Dart Frogs prey on insects, ants, and spiders.
What are some predators of Poison Dart Frogs?
Predators of Poison Dart Frogs include snakes.
How many babies do Poison Dart Frogs have?
The average number of babies a Poison Dart Frog has is 10.
What is an interesting fact about Poison Dart Frogs?
Poison Dart Frogs inhabit the jungles of Central and South America!
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