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Yellow-headed Poison Frog

Yellow-headed Poison Frog

Yellow-headed Poison Frog

Facts

LatinDendrobates leucomelas
Size2.5 cm
FoodAnts, mites, beetles
HabitatRainforest
IUCN

Least concern

LocationSouth America in Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Venezuela and Boliva
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Beautiful, colourful… and dangerous!

The bright colours of the yellowbanded poison dart frog look beautiful, but they aren’t meant to impress us. The colours serve as a warning to enemies to keep their distance because the frogs are poisonous.

Secret weapon of the Native American Indians

The yellow-banded poison dart frog got its name because Native American populations of South America used the poison from the frogs in their darts and arrows. The powerful nerve toxin can paralyse a victim instantly, making the darts and arrows extra deadly.

Should the aquarium staff be afraid of the poisonous frogs?

In the wild, the poisonous frogs create their deadly toxin by eating poisonous insects. At the National Aquarium Denmark, they are fed fruit flies, which means the frogs are quite harmless.

Jumping frog at large!

The yellow-headed poisonous dart frog loves to jump about, and here at the National Aquarium Denmark a frog will sometimes leap over the sides of the enclosure. But don’t worry! The frogs are not poisonous and the aquarium staff will make sure that any escaped frogs are caught again.


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