Golden Poison Dart Frog

Phyllobates terribilis

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The Golden Poison Dart Frog is the most toxic land animal on Earth, with enough poison to kill 10 grown men from just one frog!  Their poison is stored in their skin, which if eaten by predators will not only taste disgusting but kill whatever eats it. The only natural predator of the Golden Poison Dart Frog is the Fire-bellied Snake (Leimadophis epinephelus) which has developed a resistance to the toxins produced by the frog. 

Indigenous Embera Choco tribes of Colombia would use the poison of the frog by rubbing the tips of their darts on the backs of the frogs to coat the dart in the toxins to use for their blowpipe when hunting.

Home: Rainforests of Columbia.

Diet: Flies, crickets, ants, termites, beetles.

Lifestyle: Terrestrial, residing in lowland, humid rainforest with steep rocky terrain with areas of water. They’ll spend most time searching for food, or fighting over territories and females.

Young: Females deposit dozens of eggs on leaves, during the two-week development males will periodically return to check the eggs, and once tadpoles hatch, males transport the larvae to permanent pools by carrying the tadpoles on their back. After 10-14 weeks, they metamorphose into froglets.

Lifespan: 10 years.

Golden Poison Dart Frog