Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Poison Dart Frog?!
Have you ever wondered who that blue little guy in my avatar is? That's a Poison Dart Frog, who can be found mostly in Central and South America. What caught my attention about them was their name... I thought they were frogs that shoot poison darts (which would be awesome), but they are called Poison Dart Frogs because they secrete lipophilic alkaloid toxins through their skin, which were used to envenom darts.
I picked the blue one because they look cool, but the most toxic bad boy of these frogs are the Golden Poison Frogs, or Phyllobates Terribilis. You know they're not messing around when they have Terribil in their name. The dosage of poison depends on the region but on average they carry around 1mg of poison which is enough to kill 10~20 humans (which by the way can die just by touching the frog). They only use their poison in self defense though so if you see these tiny, bright colored frogs, walk away!