Yellow-banded Poison Dart Frog
Dendrobates leucomelas ON EXHIBIT:
Discovery Hall at River Journey
These amphibians are known as dart frogs because indigenous people use the frog’s poison for blow darts and arrow poison. All wild dart frogs secrete toxins through their skin. However, captive-hatched frogs and wild ones that have been in captivity for an extended time do not exhibit this behavior. Yellow-banded dart frogs feed mostly on ants in the wild; this is where they acquire their skin toxin.
Populations are stable. All amphibians are at risk due to factors such as habitat destruction, pollution and diseases such as ranavirus and chytrid fungus.