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Yellow and Blue Poison Dart Frog

Dendrobates tinctorius

ON EXHIBIT:  Discovery Hall at River Journey

Yellow and Blue Poison Dart Frog

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 are not toxic.

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

Photo by Bill Hughes

About This Animal

SIZE: 2-2.8 in (5-7 cm)

RANGE: Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname

HABITAT: Cool, humid forests.  Usually found on the ground but occasionally in trees.

DIET: Insects