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Ranging from yellow to blue to red, poison dart frogs are brightly colored to warn hungry predators that they harbor numerous poison glands in their skin. Not only does the toxin defend the frog against predators, it also prevents bacteria and fungi from growing on its skin.

green and black poison dart frog

Did You Know?

Scientists are studying the frog’s toxins in search of potential medical uses.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Dendrobates tinctorius

Northern South America

Tropical rainforest

More than 10 years

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

Ants, termites, and small flies