Poison Dart Frogs

Poison Arrow frogs
The vibrant but extremely toxic Poison Dart Frogs live in the tropical rainforests of South and Central America. These small frogs range in size from less than an inch to two and a half inches, though some species contain enough venom to kill 10 humans. Their highly poisonous skin boasts brilliant patterns and hues that indicate their toxicity, warding off many predators. For centuries, indigenous tribes have used the Poison Dart Frog’s powerful venom in the tip of their arrows and blowgun darts—the medical research community is now exploring possible medicinal uses for it.

Like all amphibians, Poison Arrow Frogs spend their lives near water. They catch insects and arthropods with their long, sticky tongue, including ants, spiders, termites, flies and small beetles. Scientists speculate that the Poison Dart Frog’s toxicity may stem from plant poisons carried by their prey.


  • Agility: 8/10

  • Charisma: 9/10

  • Intelligence: 5/10

  • Speed: 4/10

  • Stamina: 4/10

  • Strength: 3/10

  • Wisdom: 5/10

  • TOTAL: 38/70
Strengths
The Poison Dart Frog’s poison protects them from predators— an animal simply has to lick one of these frogs and they will get very sick. Their vivid colors serve as a warning to other animals that they are poisonous, so most potential predators simply stay away. Poison Dart Frogs have excellent vision, which helps them to find food on the ground.

Weaknesses
The Poison Dart Frog’s size make it easy prey.

Best Animal to Adapt With
The Poison Dart Frog makes up for his lack of strength with his agility and charisma. His best adaptation choices are the rugged Black Caiman and the versatile Macaw.

Enemies
Due to their high toxicity level, the Poison Dart Frog’s only natural predator is the Leimadophis epinephelus, a snake that is immune to their poison.

Increasing Their Survival Rate
Poison Dart Frogs are endangered due to habitat loss, which is causing numbers to decline among many of their species. To find out how to help with conservation efforts, visit The Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.

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Folklore
Some women in ancient tribes believed that they could lick a Poison Dart Frog to cast a love spell. If they died, it meant their love was not meant to be.