Poison Dart Frog

I’m sitting here on the patio working on the computer, and out of the corner of my eye I see a tiny little thing hop across the patio. It’s no bigger than the last section of my thumb.


How cool is that?! We saw a couple of these beautiful little frogs last summer too, and I was hoping to see another. Right now it’s hiding in the flower pots not 4 feet from my table. No, I didn’t try to touch him even though I don’t think he’s the very dangerous sort. I bothered him enough moving pots trying to get this photo. What an interesting and beautiful little creature!

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We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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8 Responses to Poison Dart Frog

  1. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful? I think? As long as he keeps his poison to himself!


    • He is beautiful and not as dangerous as he sounds. From what I have read there are many types of poison dart frogs and though all have toxic substances on their skin, only a very few of them are toxic enough to be a real danger. This one is not one of those. They get their toxic substances from the toxic bugs they eat so they can actually be kept safely as pets where their diet can be controlled. They have interesting behavior too – the males carry their tadpoles into the canopy and find homes for them in the water pooled in bromiliads and other plants, where the parents watch over them and take care of them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_and_black_poison_dart_frog


  2. Annelise Driscoll says:

    I love all those brightly colored exotic frogs!


  3. Mike Morgan says:

    What did you find different, after returning from the visit north? I remember you lived in Ks. once.
    I am here near KC Mo. Sunday we might get 4 to 6 inches of snow. David, sounds better each
    time I read your blog. LOL Mike Morgan


  4. Karen Ama Panama says:

    Wow what a pretty frog! I also like snakes and lizards and am so fascinated with how colorful they are in Panama.


    • Most of the snakes and lizards are more ordinary looking, though interesting too. From what I understand the bright colors of the poison dart frogs are warnings that they are poisonous. The snake in my post yesterday was green so it would blend in the plants and trees, which it did very well.


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