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AMPHIBIANS

Yellow-banded Poison Dart Frog

Dendrobates leucomelas


ON EXHIBIT:  Discovery Hall at River Journey

Yellow banded poison dart frog

FUN FACTS
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.

CONSERVATION
Populations are stable.  All amphibians are at risk due to factors such as habitat destruction, pollution and diseases such as ranavirus and chytrid fungus.


Fan Photo

yellowbanded_heosemys
Photo by Bill Hughes

About This Animal

SIZE: 1.2-1.6 in (3-4 cm)

RANGE: Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Venezuela

HABITAT: Moist or wet, forested, lowland regions

DIET: Ants and other insects


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