Project Description

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog

Dendrobates pumilio

Animal Class: Amphibians

Length: 1/2 to 2 inches

Diet: Insects

Habitat: Native to the Atlantic lowland tropical forests of Central America.

The strawberry poison dart frog gets its name for its bright red body color (may appear orange-ish).  Its legs will vary in color from dark blue to purple. The strawberry poison dart frog is diurnal so its bright warning colors can easily be seen by predators.  These frogs are threatened by habitat loss and capture for the pet trade.  Natives would use the frog’s toxin to treat the tips of their arrows and darts, hence the frog’s name.  Strawberry poison dart frogs are territorial and aggressive.  Males may fight to the death to defend their territories, especially around prime breeding locations.  

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