These frogs owe their name to an ancient hunting technique! For generations, local tribes in South America have been lubricating their arrows with the poison this frog species secretes through their skin. If they hit their prey with it, it can paralyze it and facilitate the hunt. The frogs use the venom not to hunt but to protect themselves. The bright colors warn predators with a particularly clever message: "I'm not a tasty morsel!

General information Poison dart frog

Scientific name: Dendrobates tinctorius "brasil"

The poison dart frog is found in the wild in Suriname and Brazil. They live there in the tropical rain forests, where - with more than 250 rainy days per year - there is more than enough water for them. The frog's food in the rainforest consists mainly of small insects and other invertebrates. To find each other again in the dense jungle, the animals whistle to each other. Each poison dart frog species has its own whistle to attract potential mates.

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