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An unwary snake or other predator that tries to eat a poison dart frog will become very sick, paralyzed or even die from the ingestion of an alkaloid-based poison secreted through the frog’s skin. This poison is thought to come from its diet. As such, poison dart frogs in zoos lose their toxicity.

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Did You Know?

Legend has it that ancient tribes would rub a dyeing dart frog’s skin on a parrot to change the color of its feathers.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Dendrobatus tinctorius

Sout America

Tropical rainforest

Up to 2.5 in

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

Insects, spiders, and other small invertebrates