Poison Dart Frog

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In each species of the poison dart frog, once the tadpoles hatch, the parents carry them on their backs and deposit them in a pool of water or in the middle of a water-filled Bromeliad plant, the leaves of which are cup-shaped. These leaves capture the water of the rainforest and provide the perfect habitat for these developing young. How did these frogs know to do this? Simple, God designed them with that knowledge.


  • The different species vary in color and size. Most species are bright orange, yellow, green, or red.
  • Some species may also be non-toxic. These species are usually dull in color.

Fun Facts

  • Generally speaking, the brighter the color, the more toxic the organism.
  • These frogs get their name “poison dart” because Indians rub the tips of their darts on the frog’s back, which loads them with poison.
  • In the wild, the frog’s diet is the source of its skin toxins. Specimens kept in captivity are completely non-toxic.
  • Another name for this frog is “poison arrow frog.”

Created Kind Members

Rocket frog

CLASS: Amphibia (cold-blooded vertebrate)

ORDER: Anura (lack tails as adults)

FAMILY: Dendrobatidae (poison dart frogs)

GENUS/SPECIES: Well over 100 species

Size: Up to 2.4 in (6 cm)

Weight: Just ounces; varies within species

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Insects

Habitat: Rainforests of Central and South America