These frogs are among the most poisonous animals in the world. All species are small, rarely more than 4 cm long. They can breed all year round if food is plentiful, and the females will lay around 6 to 10 eggs in a secluded area on the land or on a leaf. They are fertilized by the male who then assumes most of the responsibility for caring for the eggs. He guards them and keeps them moist. When the tadpoles are ready to hatch usually about 3 to 4 weeks he allows them to wriggle onto his back and he carries them to suitable pool of water and no other parental care is needed.

Did You Know…

Some species of poison arrow frog produce a type of batrachotoxin so powerful that only 1/100,000 of an ounce can potentially kill a human

Diet – Insects, especially ants.

Threat Status – critically endangered

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