Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Poison Arrow Frog

Yup, he's cute...but don't pet him!!!

Our Poison Arrow Frog

Our plastic poison arrow frog is one of several brightly-colored realistic plastic frogs to be found at Tapir and Friends. This plastic frog makes a wonderful educational toy or demonstration, is useful for shoebox dioramas and other school projects, can be a collector's item, a gift for your favorite frog fan, and more. Made of solid, rubbery plastic, it measures 2 inches long and is somewhat flexible. The plastic is solid, but not hard. Its underside is the same bright yellow as the markings on top, and the name "Poison Arrow Frog" is moulded into the plastic. Be sure to see our other cool frog toys and gifts.

About Poison Arrow Frogs

There are many species of brightly-colored poison frogs. The species shown here is Dendrobates leucomelas. This interesting description comes from Wikipedia: "The poison dart frog (also poison arrow frog, dart frog or poison frog) is the common name given to the group of frogs belonging to the family Dendrobatidae. Poison dart frogs are native to Central and South America. The frogs are widely called poison arrow frogs or poison dart frogs, reflecting the widespread notion that the frogs are used by South American tribes in the manufacture of poison that is spread on arrows or blow-gun darts. Dart frogs are not poisonous in captivity. Scientists believe that this is due to the fact that they do not receive alkaloids as food because they are fed with cultured insects. These frogs are some of the world's most poisonous living organisms; one drop of poison could be powerful enough to kill 80 people." The Dendrobates leucomelas is found in Venezuela, northern Brazil, both Guyanas and in southeastern Colombia. Look for them in forest soil where you find humid stones, dripping wet tree trunks and roots of rainforest trees. They occur at altitudes of 50 to 800 meters above sea level. Learn more about these frogs here.

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