Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo

  Poison dart frog

At the Detroit Zoo
Golden, golfoldulcean, imitating, three-lined, green and black, yellow and blue, blue, and yellow-banded poison dart frogs can be seen at the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center – a leader in amphibian conservation and research – which houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians.

 

Description
This very small frog has aposematic colorations, which means its bright and contrasting colors indicate toxins to potential predators.

 


Scientific name: Family dendrobatidae
Continent: Central and South America
Habitat: Rainforests
Size: 0.5 – 1.5 inches long
Weight: Varies with species
Diet: Spiders, ants, termites and crickets
Lifespan: Three to 10 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern to Endangered, depending on species.
Reproduction: A clutch of a dozen eggs is deposited onto a leaf.

 

FUN FACTS


These frogs are called "poison dart" because Native Americans would rub the tips of their darts on the frog's back, which loads them with poison.