Saving the golden poison dart frog

Saving the golden poison dart frog

The brightly colored golden poison dart frog is one of the largest of more than 100 poison dart frog species, and can be found in a small part of the rain forest on the Pacific coast of Colombia. Due to widespread destruction of its habitat, this fascinating amphibian has unfortunately made its way onto the endangered-species list. In an effort to save these creatures, a sanctuary called the Rana Terribilis Amphibian was created in 2012 consisting of 124 areas of threatened Choco forest.

The National Aquarium houses the golden’s cousin, the blue poison dart frog, which is also highly vulnerable to human activities and natural factors like drought due to its extremely small range and isolated populations.

To learn more about poison dart frogs and the National Aquarium’s efforts to preserve them, visit aqua.org/frogs.

References

Behavioral Ecology, Aposematic coloration, luminance contrast, and the benefits of conspicuousness

The Wandering Herpatologist, Venomous vs. Poisonous

Animal Diversity Web, Phyllobates terribilis  

Mongabay, Floor amphibians  

BBC, Crisis for the world’s amphibians  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Origin of the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus  

National Geographic, Golden Poison Dart Frog  

Discovery, Deadly frog gets new sanctuary

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