Poison dart frog ()
There are five green and black poison dart frogs and two yellow and blue poison dart frogs at the Zoo. All were born in 2007 and came to the Zoo in 2008.
Status in the wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least Concern. The wild population of these species is not known. However, the destruction of rainforest habitat by fires and by humans for farmland has contributed to the decreasing numbers. The illegal pet trade has also negatively impacted their existence.
These species are found only in South America. They are poor swimmers and are never found in the water.
Insectivore though eats non-insect arthropods as well. Its diet consists of ants, millipedes, beetles, flies, mites, spiders, maggots and caterpillars.
living in the habitat of the poison dart frog have been known to use the frog
for poison-tipped arrows, where they get their name.
- The bright coloring acts as
a warning to predators of the poison.
- They are diurnal, meaning
awake during the day.